A growing number of hybrid supercars are putting their gasoline-dependent counterparts to shame, with Porsche and Ferrari debuting impressive concepts and even Bugatti rumored to be following suit. But the newly unveiled Koenigsegg Regera might just be a game-changer; debuting at the Geneva Motor Show, the 1,500 horsepower supercar blasts through from 0-249mph in under 20 seconds, and Koenigsegg calls it the “fastest accelerating, most powerful production car ever.”
The Regera is a hybrid update to Koenigsegg Agera, and pairs the Agera’s 1,000hp 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with three electric motors and a liquid-cooled 9.27kWh battery pack which provide an additional 700hp—when all systems are running, that gives the Regera a wallop of over 1,500hp. Of the electric motors, one sits over each rear wheel, and the third is positioned at the internal combustion engine’s crankshaft.
But perhaps the oddest thing about the Regera is that it has no conventional transmission it is, in effect, a single speed vehicle with the electric powertrain taking the place of the gearbox. Koenigsegg—who call the system Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD)—state that energy losses are reduced up to 50% when compared with traditional transmissions. Furthermore, Koenigsegg claims the “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.”
Koenigsegg’s founder, Christian von Koenigsegg is, by the company’s own description “not a fan of hybrids,” largely because electric systems tend to add significant weight to a vehicle. The KDD system, including the battery, adds only 88kg (194lbs) to the weight of the Regera. That leaves the Regera with a total weight of just 1628kg (3590lbs), which with the combined electric motors and V8 engine makes the car very, very fast.
The company has not yet stated a top speed or other stats for the car, but says it can zip from 0-400km (249mph) in under 20 seconds. Just 80 cars will be produced in total, and are expected to be priced around $1.9 million.