Christian Von Koenigsegg is to Sweden what Elon Musk is to Silicon Valley — a bold, daring entrepreneur who sees what others do not. His company manufacturers some of the most desirable high performance automobiles on the planet, but few here will ever get to drive one. They are built in limited numbers and sell for prices that will startle your heart.
Christian von Koenigsegg is living every gearhead’s childhood dream of owning his own car company. Not only a car company, mind- but a car company that specializes in building the biggest, baddest, most cutting-edge hypercars known to man. That’s what Koenigsegg is, after all. And this sexy beast is Christian’s latest: the Koenigsegg Regera.
Like many of the current crop of million-dollar supercars new Regera is a 1000+ HP hybrid. But it’s not a hybrid in the way you might think.
Koenigsegg Regera Hybrid KDD Drivetrain
Unlike most hybrid cars, even hybrid supercars, the Koenigsegg Regera’s ethanol-burning 5.0 liter twin-turbo V8 powers the car’s rear wheels directly. There are no gears and there is no conventional transmission. Making up for the loss of a conventional gear set’s torque multiplication, though, are a team of powerful electric motors. All in, the Regera’s electric and ICE power plants generate a massive 1500 HP and more than 1400 lb-ft of torque.
That drive system is being called “the Koenigsegg Direct Drive Transmission”, or KDD. Conceived by Christian von Koenigsegg, the KDD is supposed to be a lighter, more efficient way to power cars. The copmany’s website claims that the KDD “replaces the combustion engine’s 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.” Then continues, explaining that, “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.”
The seemingly complicated KDD system does add a bit of weight to the Regera. Any hybrid system would, of course- but, even here, the Regera team says the car is ahead of the curve. “The complete KDD system, including the battery, adds a mere 88kg to the 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.”
You can find out more about this incredibly advanced cottage-industry supercar in this thirty-minute video, below. It’s produced by Shmee 150 and, more importantly, is co-hosted by Christian von Koenigsegg, himself, as they take this baddest of all hybrids on a wintery tour.
FIRST LOOK: Koenigsegg Regera
Croatia’s Mate Rimac wants to be the Elon Musk of Eastern Europe, and his boutique EV maker Rimac Automobili is already getting noticed on the global stage. Beyond the million-dollar, 1,088 horsepower Concept_One, Rimac has also gotten involved with Koenigsegg’s hybrid hypercar and the new Formula E series.
Rimac’s latest venture has it teamed up with veteran hill climb racer Monster Tajima as they try to set a new Pikes Peak course record with a 1 megawatt/1,341 horsepower E-Runner electric race car. Building such an ambitious machine requires a lot of testing, and if there’s one thing I can’t get enough of, it’s seeing electric vehicles dominate the dynamometer. While Rimac doesn’t lay out exactly how much power the E-Runner lays down, pre-dyno estimates had it putting 1,475 horsepower and 1,100 lb-ft of torque to the street…even more than the 1 megawatt rating suggests.
That’s literally more than twice as much power as the Tesla P85D, in a vehicle that weighs some 1,500 pounds less. At just 3,300 pounds, the E-Runner can blitz to 60 MPH in just 2.2 seconds, and on Sunday June 28th we’ll find out if it has enough power to set a new Pikes Peak record. Tajima and Rimac won’t be alone with their electric ambitions either, as Rhys Millen will be driving an all-electric racer from Latvia, the land of potato jokes.
There will also be plenty of conventionally-powered competitors with the same goal too, but Pikes Peak seems destined to be ruled by electric vehicles.
Boasting both a hybrid and electric drivetrain spinning out some 1,500 horsepower that takes it from 0 to 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 248 MPH, the Koenigsegg Regera is amongst the most powerful production vehicles ever conceived. Those are some impressive numbers to be sure, and just as impressive is the $2.34 million price tag for one of the 80 examples planned, reports AutoGuide.
Using a twin-turbocharged 5.0 liter V8 and a trifecta of electric motors, the Regera (which in Swedish means “to reign”), Koenigsegg quotes figures of 1,500 horsepower and 1,475 lb-ft of torque. A 9.27 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provided by Rimac Automobili provides up to 22 miles of electric-only driving range, though the motors are more about instant torque than any pretext of environmentalism.
That’s not to say founder Christian von Koenigsegg doesn’t have something of a green tint. He is a loud-and-proud Tesla Model S owner, and it’s not too far out to imagine that he may build an all-electric hypercar bearing the Koenigsegg name, some day. For now though, if you want a hybrid Koenigsegg, you’d better be worth a billion or two.
Las Vegas may not be a traditional motor city in the same vein as Detroit, but anyone who has spent even ten minutes on the Strip knows that there’s no shortage of cool cars in Sin City. PSC Motors has chosen Vegas as its home, and the little-known company wants to challenge the likes of Koenigsegg with a 1,700 horsepower plug-in hybrid called the SP-200 SIN, reports AutoCar.
How does one generate that much power? For PSC Motors, the solution is a naturally-aspirated 9.0 liter V8 of unknown origin backed by a eight-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. When combined with a rear-mounted electric motor, total output is rated at 1,700 horsepower, according to PSC. That would make it amongst the most powerful street-legal cars ever built, if indeed it actually gets built.
The SP-200 SIN is aiming for a P85D-beating 2.8 second sprint from 0 to 60 MPH, a 280 MPH top speed, and a 30-mile all-electric driving range. Curb weight is said to be around 1,400kgs/3,086lbs thanks to a carbon-composite and aluminum body, and production will be limited to just 35 miles. No price is stated, because of the whole “If you have to ask…” thing, but PSC Motors CEO Antonio Calva does say that the company first began five years ago.
With the big reveal slated for sometime next month, we’ll find out pretty soon whether this is real contender to cars like the Koenigsegg Regera, or just more puff-piece vaporware.
This week at the Geneva Auto Show, boutique hypercar maker Koenigsegg unveiled its 1,500 horsepower Regera plug-in hybrid to a fawning automotive press. But driving a supercar all day, everyday isn’t always practical, and so for his daily driving needs, founder Christian von Koenigsegg drives a Tesla Model S.
This interesting little nugget of information was buried at the bottom of a CNN story about the Regera, though regular readers of this blog shouldn’t be too surprised. Koenigsegg was generous in his praise for the Model S, and Tesla in general, when he originally bought the electric sedan around this time last year. Since the introduction of the 691 horsepower Tesla P85D though, I imagine the supercar CEO has since upgraded his daily driver.
A more interesting story would be how, if at all, the Model S influenced Koenigsegg’s latest project. The Regera is the first plug-in from the hard-to-pronounce automaker (Ko-in-segg), and the company turned to Croatian EV builder Rimac for the 9 kWh battery pack. It’s become impossible to ignore the impact electric motors are having on the supercar industry, helping set a new industry standard for horsepower. But Elon Musk can’t take all of the credit, as people like Christian von Koenigsegg are pushing the envelope of electric performance to a level even beyond that of the P85D.
So how about an all-electric Koenigsegg supercar…? It might happen sooner than even I suspected.
1,500 is the most important number to come out of the Geneva Auto Show, as that’s how much horsepower the Koenigsegg Regera plug-in hybrid supercar makes. Three electric motors, smartphone enabled doors, and a twin-turbo V8 are just a few of the features that make this the mightiest “megacar” in the world right now.
Based on a modified Koenigsegg Agera frame, the Regera still uses the same 5.0 liter twin-turbo V8 and its conventional supercar kin. Somehow, Koenigsegg managed to wedge in a pair of electric motors to power the rear wheels, while a third electric motor sits where a transmission normally would, forming the basis its Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD) system. This gearless drive system reduces drivetrain loss by 50% compared with traditional transmissions, while still providing a mechanical linkage between the V8 engine and the rear wheels.
Croatia’s Rimac provided the 9 kWh, 620-volt battery pack provides about about 35 miles of pure electric driving, and it the car senses you’re heading for a charging port, it will automatically switch over to electric motor to drain the battery. Other automated features include doors and a charging port that can be popped open from a smartphone, an active suspension for a smooth ride, and even the side mirrors automatically fold in when the Dihedral Synchro Helix doors open.
Naturally, all some people will care about is the bonkers drivetrain, which makes 1,100 horsepower from the V8 engine and another 700 with the electric motors. Total combined output is the aforementioned 1,500 horsepower, with 1,500 lb-ft of torque to play with as well. Koenigsegg claims the Regera can go from 0 to 250 MPH/400 KPH in less than 20 seconds, while the 3,600 pound/1,600 kg curb weight is just a couple hundred pounds more than the Agera it’s based on. For all that power though, the 3.2 second 0 to 60 MPH seems almost unimpressive, which is a terrible thing to say about a 1,500 horsepower hybrid.
Vehicle electrification is allowing automakers like Koenigsegg to reach unprecedented levels of horsepower and performance. So when can we expect the first fully-electric Koenigsegg? Something tells me it might not be all that far away.
In Swedish, Regera means “to reign”, making it an appropriate name for the upcoming Koenigsegg hybrid megacar that could make over 1,300 horsepower. Over half of that total output will come from a pair of electric motors, and if true, it will quite literally rule over every other car on the road.
Koenigsegg has grand ambitions for the Regera, saying it will be the “fastest accelerating, most powerful production car ever.” A 9 kWh liquid-cooled battery pack will power two electric motors churning out around 700 horsepower, as much as the Tesla P85D makes. It will also be lightweight, luxurious, and insanely expensive. And if it is truly a “megacar”, it will have to pack at least 1,340 horsepower, or one megawatt. That 9 kWh battery isn’t likely to provide much of an electric-only driving range, but it seems like it will be able to dump out plenty of power to that pair of electric motors.
Unless I am mistaken (I’m not as current as I should be on boutique Swedish automakers I’m afraid) this will also be Koenigsegg’s first hybrid car. Christian von Koenigsegg, the eccentric founder of the supercar builder, recently spent some time with the Tesla Model S and was impressed. After seeing the success of other high-performance hybrids like the Porsche 918 Spyder and the LaFerrari, it’s become clear that the path forward for uber-performance cars is going to be hybrids. The unbeatable instant torque of electric motors has shown the world a better way forward, and there’s no turning back now.
Is there any better endorsement for the Tesla Model S than that of Koenigsegg founder Christian von Koenigsegg? That’d be a mighty hard argument to make. So what is it that the hypercar builder finds so appealing about the Tesla sedan?
This is actually the second time Koenigsegg’s name has come up on this blog in the past week, as the Swedish hypercar maker has dabbled in electric car concepts before. He also made a bid to buy Saab and build electric cars in Sweden, but that bid fell short, leaving Saab in the hands of a Chinese automaker that also wants to make EVs.
So instead of building himself an electric car, Koenigsegg bought one, and he’s a huge fan as it turns out. He recently spoke during a recent Swedish electric car conference, reportedly calling the Tesla Model S a great value for the performance it delivers. He compares the Model S to the BMW M5, saying that the electric sedan handles better and is more fun to drive than the Bavarian beast.
While Koenigsegg doesn’t see the end of the combustion engine happening anytime soon, it’s clear that he has his eyes on the future. With Tesla Superchargers popping up all over Europe, the Model S is quickly becoming a popular car in the Old World with enthusiasts like Koenigsegg.
So when are we going to see an all-electric Koenigsegg concept? That’s the question I would’ve asked.
Source: Motor Authority
Last year I was a little taken aback when Koenigsegg teamed up with NLV Solar to showcase the Quant at the Geneva car show. While some Koenigsegg supercars supported biofuels (and actually made more horsepower on them), they never struck me as much of a green company. The car they designed was definitely influenced by their line of supercars.
Well the Quant has returned to Geneva in 2010, and is more than just a pretty concept sitting on a pedestal. Though their current relationship with Koenigsegg is unclear, NLV says they should have a running prototype up this year, with a full production model slated for 2012.
Lately, iconic Swedish automaker, Saab, has been the hottest potato in the world of nearly-doomed-but-possibly-still-alive auto brands. On the heels of a collapsed deal with Swedish luxury car maker, Koenigsegg, GM looked set to sell the Saab brand to little-known Dutch-run but Russian-backed luxury car maker, Spyker.
In fact, everything about the Spyker-GM deal started looking pretty rosy as early as last week when Saab announced a major deal with battery maker, Boston-Power, to build an all-electric version of the 9-3. The ZE 9-3, as it would be called (ZE=zero emissions), seemed to have some nice stats: twin electric motors with 335 horsepower, 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds, and a range of 93 miles with a 26kWh battery pack.
Lamborghini is known for many things; sexy sounding V12 engines, outrageous, egregious bodykits, and low fuel efficiency (often in the single digits). But a hybrid?
Even supercar makers are getting into the green game. Hot on the heels of Mercedes announcement that the famous gullwing would return as an all-electric supercar, and Ferrari’s plan to unveil a hybrid of their own at November’s L.A. Autoshow, Lamborghini is now planning a hybrid of their own.
The claim, made on Swedish language website realtid, cites unnamed sources in saying that the move is likely to bring the cutting-edge solar-powered Quant EV concept car (pictured) a step closer to production reality.
Sources also suggest that low volume production of the ZEV Quant (video) is expected to begin in a couple of years. The car was designed by Swedish outfit NLV Solar AG, a world-leader in photovoltaics and electrical-power technology.