Koenigsegg has unveiled their latest ultra car, the Koenigsegg Regera. Regera translates as “to reign” from Swedish, and I have a feeling that it is going to live up to its name.
Let’s talk about its performance. The Regera is only rear wheel drive, so 0-62mph takes a whole 2.7 seconds. Due to the traction issues, that is the fastest that it can take off the line, however 0-186mph takes 12 seconds flat, and 0-250mph takes under 20 seconds. It will go from 93mph to 155mph in just 3.2 seconds, and the top speed of the car is 255mph. So lets take a moment to let those numbers set in.
So how does it achieve such an amazing acceleration? Koenigsegg’s proven 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 produces 1100bhp to the rear wheels. But they have thrown out the transmission. The Regera uses something called the Koenigsegg Direct Drive system. There’s a crank-mounted electric motor to fill the torque gap together with a hydraulic coupling. Each rear wheel gets its own electric motor, and that triplet of electric motors amounts to around 700bhp alone. From takeoff you power off purely on electric drive, with no need for a gearbox. As soon revs start to get high, the hydraulic coupling begins to close, and the smaller crank-mounted electric motor joins in to help the bottom part of the torque curve. All of this sounds very technical and complicated but they have managed to get it to work.
Because it’s a petrol-electric hybrid, in theory you should be able to drive up to around 18 miles on pure electric power alone. However I would imagine that you will seldom see such numbers. In total, Koenigsegg states that the Regera has an output somewhere close to 1800bhp and 1475lb ft of torque.
If you would like to purchase one, the Regera’s base price is $1,890,000 and they are planning on building a total of 80. Are you going to be one of the lucky few that get to witness first hand the extreme acceleration of the Koenigsegg Regera?