Gone are the days when you could generate that inner smug and smile at a hybrid car. At least some of them have blazed past the threshold of automotive conventions – as is evident from Koenigsegg’s newest offering, the incredible Regera which is touted to be the “fastest accelerating, most powerful production car ever.” Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the monstrous hybrid supercar with its 1,500 hp can achieve a blistering 0-249 mph (or 0-400 km/hr) in just under 20 seconds, while accelerating from 93-155 mph (150-250 km/hr) in just 3.2 seconds.
Such enviable figures are partly fueled by the robust power-train that comprises of Koenigsegg’s previous supercar Agera’s 1,000 hp 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This is complemented by a low-carbon setup of three electric motors and a 9.27 kWh, 620-volt battery pack (liquid cooled) that accounts for an additional 700 hp. And, when firing in unison, the collective power-train accounts for the aforementioned 1,500 hp. And the interesting part is – the third electric motor is positioned along the IC engine’s crankshaft. In essence, the electric ‘section’ of the power-train totally eschews the scope of a conventional gearbox, instead opting for Koenigsegg Direct Drive transmission. This according to the company endows the vehicle with regenerative braking (and torque vectoring) that accounts for up to 50 percent less energy loss than regular transmission mechanics.
And, the other intriguing part about the Koenigsegg Regera relates to its proud hybrid credentials that were achieved in spite of the contradictory dictum followed by many supercar manufacturers. According to various automakers, the electric setup can add some serious weight to a supercar, thus limiting its aerodynamic and speed capacity. However, Koenigsegg solved the predicament with their aforementioned Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD) that just adds around 88kg (194lbs) of weight – thus accounting for a total weight of 1628 kg (3590 lbs) for the car.
But as they awesomeness never comes cheap – the Koenigsegg Regera will be produced in a limited number of 80, each with a price tag of $1.9 million.
(Bottom Two) Image Credits: Drew Phillips.