Koenigsegg Automotive AB has released a production version of the Koenigsegg Regera. Since its introduction during the 2015 Geneva Auto Show as a concept car, it has undergone an extreme phase that consisted of development, testing, and certification to be sold worldwide.
According to the company, more than 3,000 changes were implemented during the development stage in order to make the production version. One of the biggest changes is the reduction in weight as it now only weighs 1,590 kilograms while dry weight stands at 1,470. While the Regera received positive response during the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, it was also during this time that it received a number of orders from customers.
The orders have since continued as the Koenigsegg family learns more about the philosophy and technology that goes behind the Regera.
So far, only Auto Motor and Sport magazine has tested the Regera and according to them it is indeed a game changer, especially with the fierce power that is not only efficient but easy to use as well. Though Koenigsegg is a small company, it has continued to be self-sufficient and vertically integrated as it remains focused on developing in-house solutions at its Ängelholm facility.
Many automakers, for example, buy some of the components in their vehicles like the brake calipers, wheels, engine, and even the transmission management systems. For Koenigsegg however, they do everything in-house, from designing, engineering, and finally building.
Even the mechanical drivetrain starting from the combustion engine up to the Direct Drive unit is made in-house. The advantage of doing this is that critical systems are flawlessly integrated and are continuously optimized, giving them a chance to reach levels that are otherwise not possible. The best example of this is the Regera’s hydraulic coupling. Also known as the "HydraCoup," it can give the needed slip but with less heat build-up as well as being able to maximize the torque conversion and the lock-up functionality.
While light, it is efficient and strong at the same time. In fact, it has the same weight as the Agera’s lightweight dry clutch. It also has aesthetic value as it has the appearance of a type of artisan jewellery. Koenigsegg knew that if it wanted maximum torque transfer while having low weight, it had to be done in-house as no such specifications were available on the market. Other solutions developed by the company include the new external high voltage DC charger, the lightweight and super-compact bespoke 800V DC/DC converter, and the smaller 800V AC compressor.
Many prototype cars that are converted to production ready version become heavier which makes the Regera unique as the production one is lighter compared to the concept version. Power is not the only important feature on the Regera as it also offers functionality and comfort. Its very own 'Autoskin' function for example makes use of a lightweight hydraulic system and enables the driver to remotely open not just the doors but also the front hood and the rear hood. The operation is managed through the buttons found on the center console or on the driver’s remote control key.
There are also extra compartments placed in front of the driver and the passenger where they can put in personal items like wallets or phones. When the doors open, the wing mirrors are folded automatically. This enhances the practicality of the dihedral synchrohelix door actuation system.
In addition, since the 'Autoskin' function allows doors to be opened automatically, proximity sensors were placed on the doors and even on the wing mirrors so that they are protected from hitting nearby objects especially when being opened or closed. The Regera already has cameras in the rear and the side door. However customers are now given the option to include a forward facing camera. This new camera works in conjunction with all the other cameras to give a bird’s eye view of the car which is important