Koenigsegg has unveiled the world's fastest GT at Geneva. It has 1,500
horsepower, twin-turbo petrol engine and three electric motors, no gearbox and a
21 mile electric range. Regera means "reign" in Swedish language.
Christian von Koenigsegg came up with an idea for this supercar 8 months ago, engineered a solution, patented it and will now build 80 units priced at $1.89 million.
The Koenigsegg Regera combines a 5.0-liter V8 twin-turbo engine with three electric motors, one mounted at the crank and two at the rear wheels. Like the other three hybrid supercars, the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918, the Regera also has a pure electric mode with enough juice for 21 miles.
The so-called Koenigsegg Direct Drive system doesn't require a traditional transmission, but instead creates direct drive from the engine to the rear axle. This enables the Regera to cut drivetrain losses by up to 50 percent and saves weight.
Acceleration figures are impressive. The Regera accelerates to 60 mph is 2.7 seconds, 93-155 mph (150-250 km/h) takes 3.2 seconds, while the 0-250 mph (0-400 km/h) sprint is performed in only 20 seconds.
The battery in the Koenigsegg Regera can be charged either by the combustion engine or through a cable. For this purpose, the Swedish hybrid supercar has a charging port behind the robotized rear number plate.
To save fuel, the Regera has an innovative feature called Battery Drain Mode, or BDM for short. For example, when there is around 30 mile range left to the destination or next charging point, a preset geo location or a push on the touchscreen will trigger the BDM. This means the car calculates the driving behavior and makes sure the battery is fully drained upon arrival and is ready for a full charge. This drastically minimize fuel consumption as the fuel consumed has been correctly optimized for the length of the journey.
Foldable, Active Rear Wing
The Regera, being luxury oriented, has taken the active rear wing solution from the One:1 hypercar to the next level, allowing the wing also to fully fold down into the body work enhancing the cars elegance while parking and reducing drag while cruising. The wing's active foldable mechanism is a lightweight work of carbon fiber art and the movement is truly mesmerizing.
Akrapovic Titanium Exhaust System
Sporting a unique exhaust-note, the Regera has a custom designed titanium exhaust system jointly developed by the Slovenian expert Akrapovic. The novel exhaust system includes a fish tail outlet, envisioned by Christian von Koenigsegg, which has apparently not been seen on a production car for the last half century.