The new Koenigsegg Regera debuted at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show and came out as one of the king’s of the automotive world. In the company’s 20 years of existence, they have pushed the boundaries of what is physically possible for a road-going vehicle and have designed more bizarre and eccentric cars than most other auto manufactures have ever done. Koenigsegg is the Swedish word for “crazy” – their new model, the Regera, is no different. Like their previous 1,000-horsepower-plus supercar spectacles, the SSC and the Agera, they have created another insanely-powerful car. The Koenigsegg Regera has been built to churn out a phenomenal amount of power – 1,500-horsepower, to be exact.
Unbeknownst to those attending the show, the new Regera is a hybrid. Like the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1, the Koenigsegg Regera utilizes a normal gasoline-powered, twin-turbo V8 engine with an electric motor. Though, the Regera has three electric motors instead of one. The V8 engine has an output of 1,000-horsepower and the plug-in electric drive system adds another 500-horsepower for the combined output of 1,500-horsepower. When combined, under full throttle, the herculean amount of power will thrust the Koenigsegg Regera, all 3,131 pounds of it, from a standstill to 250-mph in less than 20 seconds. To stress the monumental achievement this is, the car will reach Mach 0.33 in less than one-third of one minute.
A significant amount of weight comes from the Koenigsegg Regara’s 9 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. Because of this, potential buyers will be able to plug the car into a wall socket in their house to charge the battery full, which can power the car for about 22 miles, only using electricity. Like the LaFerrari and the P1, the electric motor is not used to reduce the impact the internal combustion engine has on the environment. Its purpose is to enhance the performance of the car. Around a race track, the Koenigsegg Regera’s electric hybrid system fills in the gaps where the normal engine cannot perform to the greatest ability, such as around corners and in between gear changes.
The Koenigsegg Regera is not just about insane power – a lot of futuristic technology is involved. The company advertises the Regera as “the first fully-robotized car,” which means every mechanism on the car that opens, closes, or moves about is electronically controlled. By using a smartphone application, the driver is able to open and close the butterfly-style doors or adjust the front and rear wing dampers for better aerodynamics. Moreover, Koenigsegg has crafted the rear wing to be lowered manually, or automatically at speeds over 150-mph so the car will have the drag-coefficient like fish, for less active downforce to achieve higher speeds.
Another interesting area on the Regera is the rear of the car. The massive outlet on the back, where the exhaust pipe would end, is not the exhaust. The pipe is part of the cooling system for the electric motors. The exhaust outlets are located on the side of the engine in a fishtail arrangement, much like on the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Koenigsegg joins the level of Ferrari, McLaren, and Porsche, the top three names in the supercar world, to use eco-friendly hybrid systems to enhance the brute force of internal combustion engines, by creating a drive train that puts out an unbelievable 1,500-horsepower. There will only be 80 Koenigsegg Regera models put into production, each with a price tag of $1.89 million. Although most will only dream of being able to afford the Koenigsegg Regera, it will always be a pleasure to view at auto shows.
By Alex Lemieux