Koenigsegg Makes World’s Fastest Hybrid. Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren Should Be TERRIFIED! I Mean the Koenigsegg Regera Is a Single-Speed Hybrid ROBOT!!!
The Koenigsegg Regera hybrid… I’ve never lusted after, pined for or flat-out longed for a car before like I am for the Koenigsegg Regera hybrid hypercar. The Bugatti Veyron, Hennessey Venom GT, Koenigsegg Agera and Pagani Huyara have, thus far, represented the pinnacle of hypercar speed. While, the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari represent the heretofore culmination of all things automotive technology.
The Koenigsegg Regera hybrid unveiled at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show changes all of that. Not only does it have the top speed and continuous and mind-blowing acceleration of the Veyron, et al, but it has the absolutely insane levels of technology of the LaFerrari and company in the form a revolutionary hybrid system and “single-speed” transmission.
So, what makes the Koenigsegg Regera so gall darn desirable? It all comes down to power, which starts with the internal combustion half. The gas-powered portion of the Regera shares the same 1,100 horsepower 5.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 as the Koenigsegg Agera. Only now, there is a handful (read: three) electric motors mated to the crank and driveshafts producing another 700 horsepower. The end result is over 1,500 horsepower and 1,475 pound-feet of torque. Yowza.
How that power reaches the wheels is pretty cool, too. I’ll let Koenigsegg explain…
The patent pending (Koenigsegg Direct Drive) KDD system replaces the combustion engines traditional transmission and gives the added benefit of pure EV mode. What is unique is that the KDD manages to create direct drive to rear axle from the combustion engine without the need of multitude gears or other traditional types of variable transmissions, with inherently high energy losses.
That power and grunt works rather well with the Koenigsegg Regera’s curb weight of only 3,589 pounds (thanks to a carbon fiber and Kevlar body, carbon fiber wheels, and titanium mechanical bits). That’s a whopping power-to-weight ratio of 2.4 pounds per horse. Double-yowza.
The Regera is claimed to be the “fastest accelerating, most powerful production car ever.” And, with a 0 to 60 mph time of about 2.8 seconds (although, I’m guessing that figure will drop to 2.5 seconds, or less, during instrumented reviews), a 93 to 155 mph spring of 3.2 seconds and a 0 to 248 mph (which is the top speed, BTW) gallop of less than 20 seconds, I’m inclined to agree.
The Koenigsegg Regera has more going for it than just speed and power. Due to its 9 kWh, 620 volt battery, which was developed in conjunction by Croatian e-hypercar maker Rimac, and charging port, this über plug-in hybrid can run a full 50 km in electric mode.
Oh, and the Regera is a robot. I don’t mean in the Transformer way (not yet at least). But, the entire of the vehicle is “robotized”, meaning it has a foldable rear spoiler, active aerodynamics, active hydraulic suspension and each Dihedral Synchro Helix door, latch, hood and cover can be opened via a remote or smartphone.
Koenigsegg will only produce a scant 80 examples of the likely-to-be-multi-million-dollar Koenigsegg Regera hybrid hypercar. But, something tells me that with a car loaded to this degree of revolutionary tech, more will come. Like I said, Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren should be terrified. Their new hybrid supercars have just become obsolete. I wonder what will come of the forthcoming hybrid from Bugatti that will replace the outgoing Veyron.
Koenigsegg Regera Photo Gallery
Koenigsegg Regera Technical Specifications
Koenigsegg Regera Overall Performance
- Acceleration and Speed
- 0 to 60 mph: 2.8 seconds (or less, I’m actually thinking 2.5 seconds 0-60 mph)
- 0 to 62 mph (0-100 km/h): 3.0 seconds (est)
- 93 to 155 mph (150-250 km/h): 3.2 seconds
- 0 to 248 mph (0-400 km/h): Less than 20 seconds
- Top Speed: 248 mph (400 km/h)
- 5.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8
- Power: 1,100 Horsepower
- Torque: 922 Pound-Feet of Torque
- Electric Propulsion
- Power: 700 Horsepower
- Torque: 664 Pound-Feet
- Battery: 9 kWh, 620 Volt Liquid Cooled Battery Pack
- Total Output
- Power: Over 1,500 Horsepower Combined
- Torque: Over 1,475 Pound-Feet of Torque Combined
- Single Speed Koegnigsegg Direct Drive
- Dry Weight: 3,131 Pounds (1,420 kg)
- Curb Weight: 3,589 Pounds (1,628 kg)
- Carbon ceramic brakes with Sport ABS
Koenigsegg Regera Aerodynamics
- Foldable active top mounted rear wing
- Active independent front flaps
- Active ride height front and rear
- Active damping
- Total down force at 250 km/h 450Kg
Koenigsegg Regera Chassis
- Carbon fiber with aluminum honeycomb with centrally integrated fuel tank and battery storage
- Monocoque torsional rigidity: 65,000 Nm/degree
- Weight including tanks: 75 kg
- Electronically adjustable ride height, fully independent per wheel
- Fully machined aircraft aluminum uprights, with SKF LeMans specification
- 150mm angle contact ball bearings
- GKN hollow/gun-drilled drive shafts,
- Koenigsegg Z-style progressive and lightweight anti-roll bars front and rear
Koenigsegg Regera Propulsion Management
- Koenigsegg Engine Control Module (K-ECM) with full OBD II for both ICE and ED
Koenigsegg Regera Transmission
- Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD)
Koenigsegg Regera Brakes
- Front: Ventilated ceramic discs Ø397 mm, 40 mm wide 6-piston
- Rear: Ventilated ceramic discs Ø380 mm, 34 mm wide 4-piston
- Koenigsegg calipers with ceramic pistons
Koenigsegg Regera Traction Control
- Koenigsegg Electronic Stability Control (KES) with 3 settings
Koenigsegg Regera Wheels
- Koenigsegg 2nd generation Aircore Superlight carbon fiber wheels with centre locking
- Front: 19” x 9.75”
- Rear: 20” x 12.5”
Koenigsegg Regera Tires
- Dedicated Michelin Supersport
- Unidirectional with asymmetric thread pattern
- Front: 275/35 – 19” (Y)
- Rear: 345/30 – 20” (Y)
- Optional dedicated Michelin Cup2 tires
Koenigsegg Regera Body
- Two-door, two seats with removable structural hardtop stowed under the front hood
- Body made from pre-impregnated carbon fiber/kevlar and lightweight sandwich reinforcements
Koenigsegg Regera Dimensions
- Total length: 4560 mm
- Total width: 2050 mm
- Total height: 1110 mm
- Low speed ground clearance: 105 mm
- Track mode ground clearance: 85 mm
- Front lifting system activated: 150 mm
- Wheelbase: 2662 mm
- Fuel capacity: 82 litres
- Luggage compartment: 150 litres
- Dry weight: 1420kg (Curb weight 1628 kg)
Koenigsegg Regera Combustion Engine – ICE
- Koenigsegg twin turbo aluminum 5,0L V8,
- 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication
- Compression: 9.3:1
- Bore: 92 mm Stroke: 95.25 mm
- Twin ceramic ball bearing turbo chargers with Koenigsegg patented backpressure reduction system, 1.4 bar boost pressure
- Active hydraulic engine mounts
- Dry sump lubrication
- Carbon fiber intake manifold with optimized intake tracts
- Total engine weight: 417 pounds (189 kg)
- Power output with Premium Gasoline
- 820kW (1100Hp) at 7800 rpm
- Redline at 8250 rpm
- Torque: 1000 Nm from 2700 to 6170 rpm
- Max torque: 1280 Nm at 4100 rpm
Koenigsegg Regera Electric Drive
- One 300Nm/160kW Crank mounted motor
- Two 260Nm/180kW Driveshaft mounted motors (one per rear wheel)
- Combined continuous electric propulsion
- 820Nm and 520kW
- 9.27 kWh liquid cooled battery pack.
- 50 km pure electric drive range on full charge (EU only)
Koenigsegg Regera Charging
- All batteries are charged from the combustion engine or through Type 2 mode
- 3 charging at the center rear of the car (behind number plate)
- 3 kW onboard charger
Koenigsegg Regera Total Propulsion – ICE + ED
- 1,11 MW/1500 hp
Koenigsegg Regera Equipment
- Smart airbags
- Detachable storable hardtop
- Robotized and soft closing hoods and doors
- Electronically 6-way adjustable carbon sport seats with memory foam
- Titanium exhaust system
Koenigsegg Regera Press Release
Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid Press Release
Unveiling at Geneva International Motorshow Koenigsegg Regera
The Regera – a new Era The Koenigsegg Regera was created as a luxury Megacar alternative to Koenigsegg’s traditional extreme lightweight race-like road cars. Even though the One:1 and the Agera RS have surprising levels of practicality, creature comforts and features, their primary focus is, and has always been, to be the overall fastest cars on the planet – around a racetrack or elsewhere.
Regera is Swedish for “to Reign” – a suitable name for a machine that offers a never seen before combination of power, responsiveness and luxury – creating a true Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde persona.
In spite of all its advanced technology and creature comforts, the Koenigsegg Regera is comparatively light. Therefore it can still perform competitively around a race circuit. According to us, the only Hyper/Megacar that could be faster around a circuit, is another Koenigsegg. However, out in the open the Koenigsegg Regera will reign as the king of the road, as the fastest accelerating, most powerful production car ever.
The Koenigsegg Regera will be handcrafted in only 80 examples. Apart from being a suitable production run for Koenigsegg´s newly upgraded and refurbished production facility, the number 80 also symbolizes the principle of domination, control and achievement in Pythagorean Numerology.
With the introduction of the Koenigsegg Regera, Koenigsegg will, for the first time ever, have two parallel models in production.
The interior features; added insulation, 8 way electrically adjustable memory foam seats. A Koenigsegg 9″ infotainment system, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, front, inner and rear camera system with recording capability, Apple CarPlay, supreme sound system, ambient lighting and many other great new features. The Regera also comes with front and rear parking sensors and remote diagnostic and firmware update capability.
Constellation DRL A good design and layout of the DRL (Daylight Running Lights) gives character, as the DRL is what’s first seen when a car comes driving from a distance.
We wanted the Koenigsegg Regera to stand out and clearly be recognized also from a far, so we came up with a novel idea that we call – Constellation DRL.
To get a constellation of stars effect, we scattered the LED´s, which make up the DRL, around the lamp cluster, giving the effect of star constellations on a night sky made up of polished carbon fiber.
A side effect is that the LED´s make the whole lamp cluster glitter and shine, as if there where diamonds thrown into them. That´s what we call – Koenigsegg cool.
The heart of the matter The heart and soul of every Koenigsegg is its Internal Combustion Engine – the ICE. The ICE of the Koenigsegg Regera follows the path of its siblings, based on the proven and extremely reliable Koenigsegg drysumped twin turbo, DOHC, 5.0 liter V8.
As before, the Koenigsegg V8 is the most downsized homologated production ICE in the world, with 220 Hp per liter engine (using regular pump gas). The compactness of the engine makes the Regera nimble, efficient and lightweight.
The difference to the Agera engine is that, given the electric propulsion of the Direct Drive system, we did not have to go as extreme on ICE power, as the combined output is way over 1500 Hp and over 2000 Nm torque, anyway. Given this we could install even smaller, faster spooling turbos on the Regera, further enhancing the ICE drivability and response.
A new level of luxury The Direct Drive transmission of the Koenigsegg Regera is capable of delivering never before experienced blistering response and performance and at the same time able to deliver one of the smoothest and most soothing driving experiences. Given this high level of bi-polar characteristics, the rest of the car had to be up to the task of delivering blistering, lightweight performance at new levels of soothing luxury.
Therefore Koenigsegg developed a completely new rear sub frame and rear structure that allows the engine and transmission to rest on active soft mounts. When driving in normal conditions the mounts stay soft and isolate engine noise and vibrations. When driving spirited, the mounts firm up to solidify the car and give greater response. The shock absorbers are active in height and stiffness – again allowing for the bi-polar behavior.
Furthermore, the Koenigsegg Regera can be driven in absolute silence, as it is possible to go into full EV mode for shorter periods of time.
The first fully robotized car Given the latest advances in compact lightweight hydraulics, Koenigsegg has managed to robotize the entire Koenigsegg Regera with almost no weight addition. As the Koenigsegg Regera features functions such as; active front and rear wings, chassis control and lifting system – the pumps and accumulators were already in place to connect a few more hydraulic operators. These in turn replaced gas struts of equal weight – resulting in minimal weight impact.
Due to the above, the Koenigsegg Regera is the first car in the world that operates all body closures completely automatically. The spectacle to open and close the entire car simultaneously from the remote or smartphone, truly turns the Koenigsegg Regera into a transformer.
On top of this, all body closures have soft latching mechanisms, giving the Koenigsegg Regera a sophisticated feel. The fully robotized body system, with soft latches adds a mere 5 kg, making full robotization a very desirable option.
Furthermore the wing mirrors are auto-folding while the doors open, giving added practicality and visual drama, as the Dihedral Synchro Helix Doors swing out and rotate 90 degrees to fully clear the door opening, without protruding more than the width of the door – making them highly ergonomic.
Plug-in capability The Regera utilizes an EV plug in feature. Behind the robotized rear number plate nestles a type 2 mode 3 charging port. This means that the Direct Drive Battery can be charged either by the combustion engine or through the charging port. The plug-in solution enabled us to create a novel feature we call – Battery Drain Mode, or BDM for short. For example, when there is around 50 km range left to the destination or next charging point, a preset geo location or a push on the touchscreen will trigger the BDM. This means the car calculates the driving behavior and makes sure the battery is fully drained upon arrival and is ready for a full charge. This drastically minimize fuel consumption and lower C02 emissions as the fuel consumed has been correctly optimized for the length of the journey.
The world’s first fully foldable, active, top-mounted rear wing The Koenigsegg One:1 featured the world’s first top mounted active rear wing. This was an innovative solution that maximized down force compared to its size and weight.
The Regera, being more luxury oriented, has taken this solution to the next level, allowing the wing also to fully fold down into the body work enhancing the cars elegance while parking and reducing drag while cruising. The wing´s active foldable mechanism, is a lightweight work of carbon fiber art and the movement is truly mesmerizing.
Sporting a unique exhaust-note, the Koenigsegg Regera has a custom designed, sound tuned titanium system jointly developed by Akrapovic.
The novel exhaust system includes a fish tail outlet, envisioned by Christian, which has not been seen on a production car for the last half century, so we are excited to bring back the sound of the past!
Koenigsegg Direct Drive As many of you have heard, Christian is not a fan of hybrids, as they are generally compromised when it comes to weight, complexity, cost, packaging and efficiency.
Given this the Koenigsegg Regera is not what we at Koenigsegg would call a hybrid, as it does not have the traditional shortcomings of a hybrid. Instead the Koenigsegg Regera is a new breed of Koenigsegg – and car for that matter.
Traditional, so called parallel, hybrids are compromised and heavy, as they have two independent propulsion systems. Alternatively, series hybrids are less compromised when it comes to weight, complexity and costs, but instead they are compromised when it comes to efficiency, as there is too much energy conversion going on.
This brings us to the Koenigsegg Direct Drive Transmission or KDD for short – invented by Christian von Koenigsegg and developed for the Koenigsegg Regera by the Koenigsegg Advanced Engineering team.
The patent pending KDD system replaces the combustion engines traditional transmission and gives the added benefit of pure EV mode. What is unique is that the KDD manages to create direct drive to rear axle from the combustion engine without the need of multitude gears or other traditional types of variable transmissions, with inherently high energy losses.
During highway travel, for example, the KDD reduces drivetrain losses, compared to traditional transmission or CVT by over 50%, as there is no step up or step down gear working in series with the final drive – just direct power transmission from the engine to the wheels.
To supplement the energy from the combustion engine and to allow for torque vectoring, regenerative braking, extreme drivers response, reverse and energy conversion, there are three YASA developed electric motors. YASA´s axial flux motors are extremely power dense and allow for direct drive, making them a key-ingredient for the KDD. One YASA for each rear wheel, giving direct drive – this time electric – and one on the crankshaft, giving torque-fill, electrical generation and starter motor functionality.
The three electric motors constitute the most powerful electrical motor set-up in production car history, replacing the gears of a normal transmission while adding; power, torque, torque vectoring and yet still able to remove weight.
The battery pack and PDU for the KDD were developed and manufactured together with Electric Supercar virtuoso Mate Rimac and his engineering team. The 620 V battery pack is of the latest fully flooded type and is the most power-dense battery pack ever created for a road going car with 9,27 kWh of energy, 67 liters of volume, and 115kg of weight. Still, a full 500 kW can momentarily be drawn during acceleration and over 150 kW can be absorbed by the battery-pack during regenerative braking and ICE power generation mode.
Every cell of the pack is carefully monitored for voltage, state of charge, health and temperature. The cells are enclosed in a fully machined aluminum casing for safety and stability. The battery is located in the most protected area of the car – the carbon-aramid chassis tunnel. The whole battery pack is actively cooled by external radiators and the Regera´s all new electrical air-conditioning system, which also can pre-cool the car via the Koenigsegg app on a warm day.
The complete KDD system, including the battery, adds a mere 88kg to the Koenigsegg Regera´s weight, compared to what the Regera would have weighed with a traditional ICE, coupled to a 7 speed DCT transmission instead of the KDD. Presently no other hybrid Hypercar even comes close to this type of weight ratio for their electrification. This is interesting, as they all have smaller battery capacity and less electric power than the Regera.
To put it into perspective, the Koenigsegg Regera has almost triple as many electric Bhp (700 Bhp) and over 300 Bhp more than its closest hybrid rival. Still the Koenigsegg Regera manages to be very competitive weight wise, while including unusual features such as a six way adjustable electrical seat and a fully robotized body work. This is no small feature and it is a testament to the meticulous nature of the Koenigsegg engineering team.
The combination of electrical and combustion power is just mind boggling. When you get up to speed, the system really comes into play – How about 3.2 seconds between 150 to 250 km/h and under 20 seconds from 0 to 400 hm/h?