Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Koenigsegg’s Regera

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The Koenigsegg Regera is a limited production, plug-in hybrid Supercar manufactured by Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg. It was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Regera in Swedish means “to reign” a suitable name for a machine that offers a never seen before combination of power, responsiveness and luxury. If that definition wasn’t enough to get your blood flowing, you may also want to know that the model is neither a Supercar nor a Hypercar, instead being called a “Megacar” by the carmaker. 

Christian von Koenigsegg is one of the most inventive and creative automaker heads of all time. Eight months ago, he came up with an idea for his first hybrid hypercar, the Regera, though in the past, Koenigsegg has stated how much he dislikes electric power and hybrid powertrains. But Koenigsegg does not want to call this car a hybrid, because the traditional thinking about a hybrid is a car that is compromised by weight and other shortcomings in order to make it work. Koenigsegg wanted to get rid of the compromises and make a car that is actually better because it’s a hybrid, not worse. But unlike every other supercar, this one has no gearbox whatsoever. How the hell does that work?

Koenigsegg states that the Regera will be the most powerful and fastest accelerating production car ever.

The Regera uses Koenigsegg’s 5.0 litre turbo V8 along with three electric motors. They are powered by a nine-kWh, 620-volt, water-cooled battery pack, which Koenigsegg says is the most power dense battery pack every created for a road going car. The electric motor on the crankshaft makes 215 horsepower (and also acts as a starter motor/generator) while the electric motors on the rear wheels make 241 horsepower each. This also allows for torque vectoring between the rear wheels. The electrical system makes a total of nearly 700 horsepower, which Koenigsegg says makes it the most powerful of any electric setup with the nearest being over 300hp less. It also has a “battery drain mode.” Basically, when you are ending your journey, you will tell the Regera where you will be parking the car, at home or a charging station. The Regera will then make sure that the battery is fully drained before it gets to the end point, which means it’ll be ready to accept a charge. The full system weighs a mere 88kg more than a Regera would have weighed if it had a 5.0 litre V8 and Koenigsegg’s seven-speed gearbox. It has a total weight of 3,589 pounds, and that’s wet weight will all fluids and a full tank of fuel. Very smart.  Depending on which fuel is being run, the full system makes at least 1,500 horsepower and at least 1,475 pound feet of torque combined.

The interiors of car is different than other Koenigsegg model as it has less bling, which makes the interior simple, sober and stylish. The look and sound of this thing is just totally insane; a beautiful car and a testament to the master craftsmanship at Koenigsegg. Regera exhibits  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde persona in a very true sense.

Ok, get a snack and be ready to concentrate. You’ll need to read this a few times, because you might just go cross-eyed. I did.

The Regera can get to its top speed of 249 MPH in less than 20 seconds. To compare, it takes a Porsche 918, another hybrid supercar, 23 seconds to reach 186 MPH. It just has a final drive of 2.85:1, that’s it. What Koenigsegg has created is a new system that they call Koenigsegg Direct Drive, or KDD for short. Instead of transmitting power through a transmission like a CVT or a dual clutch, the KDD uses one ratio in order to achieve its performance goals. The advantage is that the normal losses from powering a transmission with multiple ratios are cut in half. The weight of that transmission is also cut out of the car, meaning there isn’t a weight compromise for the hybrid system. At speeds less than 30 MPH, the Regera will run on electric power alone. At speeds above 30 MPH, the internal combustion engine comes into play. In theory, the electric motors have replaced the gearbox.

Indeed. It’s an entire new way of thinking, though that shouldn’t be surprising. Koenigsegg is unburdened by the same restraints us mortals have. Just ask him how he thinks gravity works.

The hybrid concept was initiated to reduce the impact of combustion engine but cars like Regera and McLaren P1 are just doing the opposite, by using hybrid concept to escalate the impact. Just 80 Regeras will be produced, each one commanding a starting price of $1,890,000. The Regera will be offered in the U.S. as a fully federally compliant model, probably early next year.

“This is of course very different to what people are used to in sports cars,” admitted company founder Christian von Koenigsegg, adding, “It’s nice to shift down, hear the engine howl and then shoot off. However, given the massive electrical support and the power of the internal-combustion engine over 2500 rpm, the experience is otherworldly. At low rpm, the engine will still feel truly monstrous as the combined torque is unbelievable. The fun of shifting down and planning for the acceleration is quickly forgotten and not missed. It needs to be experienced.”

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