Koenigsegg wants in on the hybrid hypercar action, and if the performance figures are anything to go by, it’ll blow its opponents out of the water. Here we have a big ol’ V8 working with a trio of electric motors, and a new transmission technology that does away with the need for hefty gearboxes.
So before we get too technical, more on those highly impressive performance figures. This is Koenigsegg’s first hybrid; the internal combustion engine side is taken care of by a 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, which makes 1085bhp at 7800rpm on its own. On top of that you’ve got three electric motors, one on each rear wheel making 192lb ft of torque each, and a third on the crankshaft making 221lb ft. All told these three add about 700bhp. Chuck that all in a bowl and mix it together for a frankly incredible 1782bhp and 1475lb ft of torque.
What makes the Regera special though, is that it has a new style of transmission called Koenigsegg Direct Drive. Compared with traditional transmissions and CVTs, it cuts energy losses by up to 50 per cent. We can’t wait to get a proper technical breakdown of how it works, but in layman’s terms the system uses a hydraulic clutch. You pull away using the rear-mounted electric motors, and as speed increases the engine is slowly brought into play with the help of the crank-mounted motor. Clever stuff.
Power delivery is so intense that the 0-62mph sprint takes 2.7sec, but it could be quicker - the car is essentially limited by its traction control system being able to get the power down. Once it’s hooked up, though, there’s no stopping it: 0-186mph takes 12 seconds, while 0-250mph is despatched in under 20 seconds. 93mph to 155mph takes 3.2sec. Three. Point. Two. Seconds. That is mind scrambling pace.
The exterior doesn’t have the same aggressive elegance of the Agera this car is based on, but it’s no less of a technological marvel. There are massive side scoops, an active chassis with active shock absorbers, active aero under the car and an adjustable rear wing.
That’s a lot of of incredible technology and impressive ingenuity, so naturally it ain’t cheap. £1.2m, or $1.8m, depending on where you live. That’s a small price to pay for some Swedish madness, though.