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Old 12-06-2018, 07:49 AM   #1
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Just when you thought Koenigsegg couldn’t outshine itself anymore, the Swedish automaker raises the bar on what’s possible in the auto industry. The use of naked carbon fiber on a car isn’t entirely new. Koenigsegg has used it on its past supercars and hypercars to great effect. Other supercar brands like Lamborghini and McLaren have also used the material in their own way. But to create a car that’s finished completely in naked carbon fiber? No one’s done it yet, or at least no one’s attempted to do it. That is until Koenigsegg did it.


The process of creating naked carbon is as complicated as it is meticulous. It doesn’t just end by creating carbon fiber, which itself is a process to create in its own right. Carbon fiber is made up of two materials, specifically polyacrylonitrile and rayon or petroleum pitch. These materials are organic polymers, which are characterized by long strings of molecules that are bound together by carbon atoms. These carbon atoms are bonded together in microscopic crystals that are, by and large, aligned parallel to the long axis of the fiber. This alignment is the reason carbon fiber is strong for its size. Extrapolate that to thousands of carbon fibers that are all twisted together and you get a yarn, which can be used by itself or woven into a fabric.



Koenigsegg’s naked carbon fiber material is unique in its own right because it involves no lacquer, varnish, or any other kind of alternative casting that’s used on top of the carbon surface. This is where the automaker’s meticulous attention to detail comes into the picture. A high-end autoclaved cured carbon piece normally comes with a thin layer of epoxy to help make the material shine. Well, in Koenigsegg’s version of naked carbon fiber, that layer of epoxy is carefully removed through hand-polishing. This is where it gets really tricky because that process isn’t as easy as it sounds. One stroke too many of the sanding and hand-polishing process ruins the visible weave structure that sits underneath that thin epoxy layer. The smallest of mistakes can ruin the entire part because an imperfect surface cannot be smoothed out or even compensated for on the final body panel. If something goes awry, that part is scrapped completely and Koenigsegg would’ve wasted time, money, and a lot of effort on it.



So, you can see why the Koenigsegg KNC Regera is a big deal. It’s more than a big deal, really, because the company takes great lengths to ensure that the process does not have any holes — literally and figuratively — in it. The automaker even exposes samples to the elements, whether its the summer heat or the winter cold. Some parts are even left outside for years to ensure that the elements do not have a negative effect on the surface of the naked carbon parts.



All that hard work pays off in the end because the final product offers a different visual carbon fiber look than what we’re used to seeing. Koenigsegg didn’t just use the material on certain parts of the car as it has done in the past. The whole body of the car is made from naked carbon fiber, giving it a more metallic graphite appearance, thanks in large part to the exposed graphite strands that are now clearly visible on KNC Regera’s body.



The use of naked carbon fiber on the whole body of the hypercar could also have a positive effect on its performance. Apparently, the absence of paint or clear lacquer on the car’s body shaves off 20 kilos in weight, which converts to about 44 pounds. Don’t sleep on that diet for the KNC Regera because, without the naked carbon fiber body, the 1,500-horsepower and 1,475-pound-foot of torque hypercar is capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 6.6 seconds, and 0 to 186 mph in 20 seconds. Its top speed is also pegged at over 250 mph, so imagine what kind of performance numbers this one-off Regera is capable of if it weights 20 kilos less than a car that can already break speed records if it wanted to.

That’s the price of technology, ladies and gentlemen. Koenigsegg is right at the heart of it.
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:58 AM   #2
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This is an example of a black car I would be okay with owning, not buying, but owning.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:22 AM   #3
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I could manage to put aside my black car problems just this once, as well.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:44 AM   #4
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Wow, looks incredible!
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Old 12-06-2018, 12:26 PM   #5
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The visible weave makes this very much not a black car in the traditional sense. It's more like a graphite paint color (irony aside) where the chatoyance (the reflection off fibers in a weave or random oriented strand carbon composite) behaves like flake and hides dirt.
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It looks good. I shudder to think of the cost of replacing parts should any part be marred from exposure to the vagaries of actually driving it around outside in the real world.
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:48 PM   #7
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It looks good. I shudder to think of the cost of replacing parts should any part be marred from exposure to the vagaries of actually driving it around outside in the real world.
If you're buying a Koenigsegg, you probably aren't too worried about ordering some (made to order) factory fresh parts from time to time. You could probably sell the damaged parts for a boatload of money, too.. since repairing them and painting them would work fine for the rest of the Regeras.
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:48 PM   #8
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It looks good. I shudder to think of the cost of replacing parts should any part be marred from exposure to the vagaries of actually driving it around outside in the real world.



Aw, how cute.

He thinks these things will actually leave their display cases.
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