We’ve met up with Christian Von Koenigsegg a couple of times before, and we can confirm what everyone has been saying about him: A down to earth and brilliant engineer that owns a supercar company. We had a chance to speak to him back in the 2014 New York Auto Show when he unveiled the Koenigsegg Agera R to the American public for the very first time. Then we saw him again in the 2016 New York Auto Show and witnessed the unveiling of the 1,500 horsepower Koenigsegg Regera, front and center. And based on what we see today in The Drive’s Inside Koenigsegg, we see that CVK is still that passionate gearhead that’s focused on building fast cars and making some truly fascinating creations.
So you can clearly see why this car is going to cost several millions of dollars out the door. The fact that this car will have hydraulic motors, actuators, and accumulators, as CVK mentioned in the video, to ‘Robotize’ many of its functions, should indicate how complicated the entire vehicle will be. The Regera will also house a Direct Drive transmission that’s unlike anything else we’ve seen before. We’ve broken down how the transmission will work before and it’s basically like this:
- Under 30 MPH – Operate under electric motor. The dry-sumped 5.0 liter V8 acts as a generator and provides electricity to the rear axle electric motors. The internal combustion engine is still mechanically linked to the rear but does not provide power, rather it slips via hydraulic coupling.
- Between 30 – 249 MPH – The hydraulic coupling fully engages and the engine is fully and directly linked to the rear wheels. There are no gears to switch; the engine and wheel speeds move in direct proportions.
Like CVK stated in the video, the Regera is not a hybrid, but it utilizes batteries and electric motors to control the electric transmission. Combine the relatively lightweight construction and very powerful 5.0 liter V8 and three electric motors, you can expect this 1,500 horsepower beast to only be beatable by other Koenigsegg creations.
If you want to know more about the Koenigsegg Regera, we Facebook Live-streamed the 2016 NYIAS event and it can be seen below:
(Source: The Drive)