So far we’ve had Christian von Koenigsegg walk us through the new Koenigsegg Jesko, explain what happens when you have to crash test a Koenigsegg, and describe how to start a car company. Today, he gives us a walkaround of the incredible Koenigsegg Regera hybrid hypercar.
The Regera is similar to other Koenigseggs with its twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8. Where it differs is the the 1,100 horsepower from the V8 is combined with an 800-volt battery and three electric motors to create a hybrid hypercar. Unique to the Regera is the car’s direct drive system, which replaces a traditional gearbox with what Koenigsegg calls the Koenigsegg Direct Drive System. The KDD is essentially a single fixed gear that utilizes the electric motors and internal combustion system to control how power is sent to the wheels. This helps bring the weight down considerably.
You can learn about how the battery was built and tested in this video we shot with Rimac.
APEX.one is devoted to in-depth, long-form coverage of the most exciting stories in transportation and this series is part of our experimental storytelling approach. We’ve been filming the development of new Koenigsegg products for 8 years and over the next few months we’ll be periodically releasing videos that tell the story of how we got here. Stay tuned.