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Old 03-03-2015, 03:06 PM   #1
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Tellingly, Christian von Koenigsegg tells TopGear.com that the only car capable of beating his new Regera is... another Koenigsegg. Welcome, everyone, to the most insane luxury hypercar on Planet Earth.

It's Koenigsegg's ‘Regera' - translated as ‘to reign' in Swedish - and is a milestone in the history of Top Gear's favourite Swedish hypercar manufacturer, because it's been built as a luxurious car with crushing speed.

Just how crushing will blow your minds. The Regera sits on a highly modified Agera chassis, here significantly changed to accommodate a 9kW battery pack in the centre of the car, which we'll get to shortly.

This means the entire front end had to be reworked, while the rear chassis - in a first for Koenigsegg - was fitted with new rubber mounts instead of solid ones, to provide more comfort and quietness.

Then there's the drivetrain: Koenigsegg's proven 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 sits proudly in the middle, pumping out a healthy 1100bhp alone, direct to the rear wheels.

But instead of being attached to a normal transmission, the Regera uses something called the Koenigsegg Direct Drive system. There's a small, crank-mounted electric motor to fill the torque gap (and act as a starter motor) together with a hydraulic coupling.

Each rear wheel then gets its own electric motor, and we're told that triplet of electric motors amounts to around 700bhp alone. Christian tells us that from take-off, with the coupling open, you power off purely on electric drive, with no need for a gearbox. As soon as it gains a few more revs, the hydraulic coupling begins to close, and the smaller crank-mounted electric motor joins in to help the bottom part of the torque curve.

And then finally, once the engine gets up to speed, that kicks in from around 30mph upwards. "We managed to take a heavy, expensive lump out of the equation [the transmission], without sacrificing the ability of the combustion engine to provide drive to the rear wheels," Christian tells TG.

The Regera is rear wheel drive only, so 0-62mph takes a relatively tardy 2.7 seconds. "We can't go any faster than that because of traction," Christian says. 0-186mph takes 12 seconds flat, while 0-250mph takes under 20 seconds. It'll go from 93mph to 155mph in just 3.2 seconds, and top out at 255mph. Let those numbers swirl around your head for a moment.

Because it's a petrol-electric hybrid, you can travel up to around 18 miles on pure electric power alone, but we suspect with a twin-turbo 5.0-litre V8 on board, you'll likely want to utilise everything. In total, Koenigsegg reckons on an output somewhere close to 1800bhp and 1475lb ft of torque.

Why remove the transmission completely? "I've been wanting to create something like this without a CVT's horrible elasticity, and the weight and complexity transmissions bring," Christian tells TG. "I came up with the idea last summer, and calculated that there is no need to have any gears. It was a eureka moment for me!"

The body is a marvel, with all sorts of aero going on: witness the monster side scoops, the front diffuser arrangement and the sleek bodywork.

There's also a foldable top mounted rear wing, an active chassis with active shock absorber stiffness front and back, active aero flaps underneath the car - both left and right - that you can control individually as on the One:1, and ‘soft-close' doors. The front tyres are also wider than the rears, to compensate for the weight distribution of that battery pack.

Inside there's a 9.1-inch infotainment system, and six-way adjustable carbon memory seats, too.

Want one? The Regera's base price is $1,890,000 - just over £1.2m - and Christian is only building 80 units. "We've already sold four even before anybody has seen the car," he tells us, "so the mood for this feels very positive".

This show-stand beauty is car number one, and is around '95 per cent finished'. After the Geneva show, it'll be completed, and then ‘beaten up' around the track to finalise its development. We can't wait to have a go.
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This company confuses me. They always seem to have a brand new superhypermegacar every year but I never hear anything about them otherwise. Their production numbers are so low that the cars are essentially vaporware. I literally only hear about them when they unveil their next upgrade of the same car (not unlike Pagani, which is expected with a company this small).
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:53 PM   #3
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This company confuses me. They always seem to have a brand new superhypermegacar every year but I never hear anything about them otherwise. Their production numbers are so low that the cars are essentially vaporware. I literally only hear about them when they unveil their next upgrade of the same car (not unlike Pagani, which is expected with a company this small).
Ive noticed this also. The Agera (1:1) came into the spotlight then disappeared rapidly. I havent seen any actual reviews, performance, etc.
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This company confuses me. They always seem to have a brand new superhypermegacar every year but I never hear anything about them otherwise. Their production numbers are so low that the cars are essentially vaporware. I literally only hear about them when they unveil their next upgrade of the same car (not unlike Pagani, which is expected with a company this small).
Their customer base is guys rich enough to have private runways, and they sell around 50 cars per year.

The owner seems to be the ultimate engineering geek. They do almost everything in house, including hand laying the wheels. There are some really cool videos about the cars on youtube that go into the manufacturing processes.

GT Board and other sites have videos of these cars running, but as to real road and track tests it's pretty slim pickings. We are left with vids made by their rich owners comparing their e-dicks....

Like this. It's fast.

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Yeah the interior was like they thought they could do pagani
But half way through the said F-it
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I think it's gorgeous, especially from the rear. That wing design is inspired.
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The Regera is rear wheel drive only, so 0-62mph takes a relatively tardy 2.7 seconds. "We can't go any faster than that because of traction," Christian says. 0-186mph takes 12 seconds flat, while 0-250mph takes under 20 seconds. It'll go from 93mph to 155mph in just 3.2 seconds, and top out at 255mph. Let those numbers swirl around your head for a moment.
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This company confuses me. They always seem to have a brand new superhypermegacar every year but I never hear anything about them otherwise. Their production numbers are so low that the cars are essentially vaporware. I literally only hear about them when they unveil their next upgrade of the same car (not unlike Pagani, which is expected with a company this small).

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Circa 2003 and 2006.

I've seen the 'Inside Koenigsegg' videos on /Drive and absolutely love what they do. They just seem to pop up for an autoshow reveal with an extra R on the name of their last car and do it all again next year.
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Circa 2003 and 2006.

I've seen the 'Inside Koenigsegg' videos on /Drive and absolutely love what they do. They just seem to pop up for an autoshow reveal with an extra R on the name of their last car and do it all again next year.
I guess they quietly sell their cars, and they don´t give a test car to everybody.

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Interesting fact: that center exhaust is for the battery cooling exhaust. The actual engine exhaust is integrated into the rear diffuser. You can barely see the slits in the vertical diffuser.
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Interesting fact: that center exhaust is for the battery cooling exhaust. The actual engine exhaust is integrated into the rear diffuser. You can barely see the slits in the vertical diffuser.
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It's hard for me to wrap my head around how fast this car is.

0-186mph takes 12 seconds flat, while 0-250mph takes under 20 seconds.

0-250mph???

DOSE NOT COMPUT>
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should have called it the Koenigsegg Catapult.
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im still trying to wrap my head around the drive train. If the car goes 250mph in its single gear at 8250 rpm, its is turning something like 800 rpm at 30 mph when the torque converter locks.

You will have to go 125mph to ever hear the engine above 4100 rpm.

the numbers are astounding but it seems like it is almost a pure ev to maybe 60 mph. How can the batteries regen at a reasonable rate if the engine is permanently coupled to the tires? It is a pretty innovative setup, oddball really
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Interesting fact: that center exhaust is for the battery cooling exhaust. The actual engine exhaust is integrated into the rear diffuser. You can barely see the slits in the vertical diffuser.
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The actual exhaust is beautiful.

As for the interior, Koenigsegg have always had simple but functional (and high quality) interiors.
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0-186mph takes 12 seconds flat, while 0-250mph takes under 20 seconds.

0-250mph???

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should have called it the Koenigsegg Catapult.

and RWD ONLY......as in no awd


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im still trying to wrap my head around the drive train. If the car goes 250mph in its single gear at 8250 rpm, its is turning something like 800 rpm at 30 mph when the torque converter locks.

You will have to go 125mph to ever hear the engine above 4100 rpm.

the numbers are astounding but it seems like it is almost a pure ev to maybe 60 mph. How can the batteries regen at a reasonable rate if the engine is permanently coupled to the tires? It is a pretty innovative setup, oddball really
The engine isn't permanently coupled to the tires. Engine->motor->hydraulic coupling->diff->one motor on each axle. The batteries are charged by regen with the two axle motors (pretty sure it does regen), engine overrun (when it's producing more power than necessary P1 style), and I imagine primarily by the starter/generator motor mounted to the crank. If you're doing ev-only driving it could act as a series hybrid by kicking on the decoupled engine to charge the batteries with the motor/generator on the crank.
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should have called it the Koenigsegg Catapult.
I'm given you credit for the Pagani comment , LOL
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I've seen the 'Inside Koenigsegg' videos on /Drive and absolutely love what they do. They just seem to pop up for an autoshow reveal with an extra R on the name of their last car and do it all again next year.
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