Koenigsegg Automotive AB has lifted the veil off the production specification Regera megacar at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. 12 months since its Geneva 2015 debut, the Koenigsegg Regera had evolved from a promising concept to reality, by putting the car through an intense period of development, testing and homologation for worldwide sale with over 3,000 changes was made to the concept vehicle.
Koenigsegg has developed a clutch slip mechanism that uses the hydraulic coupling to convert torque at medium/high speeds during fast acceleration, allowing the combustion engine to gain revs and power, giving the driver the sensation of a downshift just as if it’s equipped with a traditional gearbox. According to Koenigsegg, this technology eliminates the weight, complexity and mechanical losses that come with a traditional gearbox, while offering seamless and effortless driving.
When it comes to recharging, Koenigsegg employs Formula 1 grade batteries provide an amazing 525kW of discharge and up to 200kW of recharge. The company had worked extremely hard to find the best performing and safest battery pack possible for the Regera. There are shift paddles on either side of the steering wheel, albeit they are not for changing gears; the left paddle is used to enhance the regenerative braking effect in recharging the battery pack. The right paddle is used to activate the hydraulic coupling’s ‘downshift’ operation.
Part of the major change is the Regera’s battery pack. It’s housed in a sealed unit featuring optimized local coolant flooding across all critical heat-sensitive elements. Also, the F1 grade batteries save 25kg in weight compared to the one in the concept vehicle, which now weighs a mere 90kg. The weight savings achieved resulted in a curb weight of just 1590kg.
With both the turbocharged V8 engine and its three YASA axial flux electric motors combined, the production spec Koenigsegg Regera power unit makes over 1500 hp and 2000 Nm of torque; it will reach 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, 0-200 in just 6.6 seconds and 0-300 in a blistering 10.9 seconds. Koenigsegg estimates a 0-400 km/h time of 20 seconds and acceleration from 150 to 250km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Customers who have placed their orders will likely get theirs by the end of 2016. Exciting times indeed!