Koenigsegg feels nostalgic, uses Mazda MX-5 Miata as inspiration for Regera hypercar

Article by Christian A., on March 30, 2017

The founder of Koenigsegg Automotive, Christian Von Koenigsegg, is now going to be designing his dream supercar, the Regera. The CEO gets his design inspiration from the Mazda MX-5 Miata. You didn’t expect that he would get his inspiration from a highly accessible sports car, did you?

But that’s not all. He also features the Swedish flag in his design as well by incorporating the colours of the flag on the Regera’s exterior paint. But instead of using the typical blue and yellow shades of the flag, he gave it a little more class - Koenigsegg combined blue-tinted carbon and gold leaf accents. So, are you imagining it more clearly now?

The Regera doesn’t only have gold leaf trim around its body. Koenigsegg adds the gold leaf finish onto the wheels as well, complementing the overall look of the car. Employees first apply the gold to the tires by hand before finishing it with a clear coat to ensure that the accent stays even as the car gets old. However, this is offered as an option for customers and does not come with the standard package.

Koenigsegg explains that the interior of the car has a personal significance to him as the colour reminds him of the very first car he and his girlfriend (who is now his wife, and COO of the company) owned. The car they owned back then was a black NA Mazda Miata with brown leather interior.

So for the Regera’s cabin, he chose a combination of black and milk chocolate upholstery.

The overall look of the car, with the dark blue exterior and its gold accent seems like a contrast to the very aggressive style of the Regera. It’s almost like two opposite elements combined together - like water and fire. But one thing’s for sure, Koenigsegg definitely has good taste.

It wasn’t just the CEO who had his share of designing his ideal car. Other employees of the company also did. For instance, the sales director came up with a Bordeaux red, carbon fiber, and gold stripe combination, - another understated piece. Meanwhile, the head of design turned up with a much bolder Sweet Mandarin orange exterior. Another one that’s a bit different is the mix of Battleship Gray, white stripes, and carbon - designed by the prototype manager of the company.

Being one of the world’s foremost hypercars, the Regera has a 1,479 horsepower (1,103 kilowatts) engine, and according to the company, has a top speed of 250 miles per hour (402 kph), with the ability to race to 62 miles per hour (100 kph) in just 2.8 seconds. This car is definitely an epitome of beauty and performance put together.

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