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Koenigsegg unveils Regera — hybrid with 1,500hp

SWEDISH supercar maker Koenigsegg is not about to allow Bugatti to steal the hypercar limelight with its 1,500hp Chiron flagship at the ongoing Geneva show.

Koenigsegg introduced the production version of the Regera into which it has stuffed a biturbo 5.0-litre V8 engine that is backed up by three electric motors and a “Direct Drive” system that eliminates the need for a traditional gearbox.

Koenigsegg also make a big deal about the Regera’s battery technology, with the car slated to be the first 800V production car in the world. The pack will provide the car with 525kW of discharge, and up to 200kW of recharge.

Despite its figures, the pack only weighs 90kg, helping the overall car achieve a total dry weight of 1470kg.

Koenigsegg is coy on specifics but said the Direct Drive system uses a “clutch-slip mechanism that uses the hydraulic coupling to convert torque at medium/high speeds during fast acceleration.

“This allows the combustion engine to gain revs and power, thereby giving the sensation of a traditional downshift with the associated aural enjoyment, even without the traditional gearbox.”

The Regera produces more than 1,500 horsepower and 2000Nm of torque allowing the car to rocket from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, 0-200km/h in 6.6 seconds, and 0-300km/h in 10.9 seconds. 0-400km/h will come up in 20 seconds.

Koenigsegg only released a handful of pictures but said the production model will have power seats, a wireless smartphone charger, and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay compatibility.

“The patent-pending Koenigsegg Direct Drive system was the biggest challenge in the Regera development process, but it has also provided the biggest rewards. This is brand new technology that eliminates the weight, complexity and mechanical losses that come with a traditional gearbox. The end result is seamless, effortless driving that features blistering acceleration unlike any other car,” said the manufacturer in their Regera press release.

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