Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg is building a new USD$1,890,000 (AUD$2.4m) hypercar based off the Agera chassis called Regera (‘to reign’ in the local tongue), which might provide a glimpse into the future of hypercars.
Electric motors, no gearbox, a scientific production number and constellation-based DRLs are some of the trailblazing tech behind this incredibly quick car.
Regera will only see 80 units built, a number chosen both to ensure desirability and because of the domination, control and achievement of the number in Pythagorean Numerology.
Three electric motors and one dry-sumped 5.0-litre DOHC twin-turbocharged V8 combine to create over 1342kW and 2000Nm. These accelerate the Regera from 0-100km/h in 2.7sec.
A top speed of 410km/h is achieved without a gearbox.
Owner Christian von Koenigsegg has invented what is known as ‘Koenigsegg Direct Drive Transmission’, or KDD. It’s a highly efficient method of transmitting full engine power without the power losses associated with having a gearbox sat between engine and differential. Instead, a hydraulic coupling bridges power from the engine to the wheels.
Development chief Jon Gunner says eliminating the transmission reduces powertrain losses by 50 per cent.
From a standstill, the coupling is completely open, and an electric motor producing 180kW attached to each rear wheel initiates momentum to around 30km/h. This is an ideal utilisation of the electric motors as they produce peak torque at very low rpm.
At this point the V8 kicks in and the hydraulic coupling begins to close, with a larger crank-mounted electric motor helping fill the V8’s torque curve until around 50km/h. From there it’s up to the bespoke Koenigsegg V8 to provide full power.
The electric motors are powered by a 115kg, 9.34kWh liquid-cooled battery that sits forward of the rear-mounted engine. Kerb weight is 1628kg with all liquids and fuel, quite light for an electric-hybrid, especially considering it produces over 1300kWs. Power to weight is a mind-boggling 1.21kg/kW.
Inside, the car is technologically plush, with eight-way electrically adjustable memory foam seats, 9in infotainment system, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, front, inner and rear camera system with recording capability and Apple CarPlay. The Regera also comes with front and rear parking sensors and remote diagnostic and firmware update capability.
The exterior features large intake dams and many aerodynamically-efficient canals straked across the bodywork. More fun than practical is the ability to open and shut every operable panel from either the remote or your smart phone – a world first.
Not cheap and not available in Australia, the Regera is nevertheless another engineering feat from owner Christian, and potentially an insight into what other manufacturers will bring to their supercars.
|Power to weight||1.21 kg/kW|
|Type||Koenigsegg aluminium construction|
|Power||820kW at 7800 rpm|
|Torque||1000 Nm from 2700 to 6170 rpm|
|Peak Torque||1280 Nm at 4100 rpm|