Koenigsegg Regera: Hybrid sets new 0-400-0 record

Guido ten Brink /SB-Medien
Koenigsegg Regera
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D he name' Regera 'is derived from Swedish term for 'govern'. And the weapon from Koenigsegg wants nothing less than that. After the Swedes lost out to Bugatti in the hunt for the 300 mph mark, they now manifested their rule in a different category: In the “0-400-0 km /h” discipline, which is also about acceleration - how the braking power matters.

In 31.49 seconds from 0 to 400 km /h and back

At the disused military airport Råda deep in the forests of Sweden, the Regera now broken the record of its sister model Regera RS: works driver Sonny Persson drove the hypercar in perfect weather conditions (sunny and calm) in 31.49 seconds from standstill to 400 km /h and back to standstill. This record run was 1.8 seconds faster than the one with the RS two ago Years. And even more than ten seconds faster than that of the Bugatti Chiron: In 2017, ex-Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya needed 41.96 seconds for the same exercise in the French 1,500-horsepower extreme athlete.

Koenigsegg attaches importance to the finding that the record was achieved with an unchanged production car, which was only upgraded with a roll bar and four-point seat belt. The data show that the Regera needed 22.97 seconds or 1,613 meters to accelerate from zero to 400 km /h - and 8.62 seconds or 435.26 meters for the braking maneuver. Because the Koenigsegg for lack of space on another Had to start the runway, the grip conditions of the road surface were not ideal and he had to avoid some bumps, the Swedes believe that in principle even a distance less than 2,000 meters could be enough.

Koenigsegg Regera with more than 1,500 HP

From a study presented in 2015, the series Regera was created in just 12 months of development. Around 3,000 parts were changed. In order to achieve the breathtaking performance of “far more than 1,500 hp”, a few technical tricks are of course necessary. In terms of propulsion, the engineers have coupled a 1,312 hp 5.0-liter V8 with three electric motors. Instead of oneNormal integration of the electric power in the drive train, two of the electric motors transmit their 180 kW power directly to the individual rear wheels. The third, 160 kW electric motor is flanged to the crankshaft in order to plug torque holes in the combustion engine. The energy for the electric motors is provided by an 800 volt battery pack with a capacity of 4.5 kWh.

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The Koenigsegg Regera made its debut as a production car at the Geneva Motor Show 2016.

The unusual electric drive weighs 88 kilograms, which brings the Regera to a total weight (ready to drive) of 1,590 kilograms - significantly more than the usual lightweight racers from Koenigsegg. But the effort is worth it: the electric power alone is included in the total bill with the equivalent of 700 hp. So you get the insane system performance of far more than 1,500 PS and a system torque of over 2,000 Nm.

0-400 km /h in just under 23 seconds

They have a lot of brainpower Swedes put into the transmission of drive torque to the rear wheels, to which they attribute a particularly large share of the record. The combination of combustion engine and electric motor is coupled to the rear axle with a hydraulic torque converter and a single-stage gearbox. This should reduce power losses that sink into the drive train by 50 percent, says Koenigsegg. The Regera drives purely electrically up to 50 km /h, only then does the V8 intervene directly in the action. If the battery is too weak, the V8 drives the third electric motor as a generator and thus supplies the battery with juice.

The Regera has an unusual hybrid drive including an unusual transmission.

The performance of the Regera, which Koenigsegg communicated at the start of series production in 2016, is gigantic like the engine performance. Zero to 100? Checked off after 2.8 seconds. Zero to 200? Done after 6.6 seconds. Only 3.9 seconds should pass for the intermediate sprint from 150 to 250 km /h. The 300 km /h mark falls from the standing start after 10.9 seconds. And theoretically 400 km /h should be reached after 20 seconds. Practice has now shown: It took almost 23 seconds, which is no less impressive.

The Koenigsegg Regera has long been sold out

The King of Sweden also has a few tricks in terms of aerodynamics Camp. The rear wing extends electrically, but disappears completely invisibly into the crisp rear section at low speed. All openings in the body can also be closed automatically depending on the driving situation. For the show effect in the parking lot, the 'Transformer functions' can also be started via smartphone.

From the beginning it was clear: There will be no more than 80 copies of the Regera. The small series was already sold out in the summer of 2017, at a unit price of around two million euros. The new acceleration and braking record will only cause the prices of used copies to skyrocket - and further boost the reputation of the manufacturer Koenigsegg.


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