TodayApril 15, 2022

Christian von Koenigsegg on Regera hybrid

Christian von Koenigsegg founded Koenigsegg when he was twenty-two years old, on August 12, 1994. You would think Christian was one of those Ritchie Rich types who decided to make a really cool supercar. Not so. At Nineteen years old Christian was an entrepreneur, selling everything from plastic bags to chickens. But a childhood dream burnt in his soul and Koenigsegg is part of the car history today.

The Koenigsegg Regera combines a powerful dry-sump twin turbo, DOHC, 5.0-liter V8 combustion engine with three electric motors and cutting-edge battery power via new powertrain technology called Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD). This revolutionary technology removes the traditional gearbox, provides direct drive to the rear axle from the combustion engine, making the car lighter and more efficient. The powertrain produces a combined 1500hp with electric propulsion providing instant torque from the KDD system.

Koenigsegg doesn’t use the standard backend software most car company’s use, heck they don’t even use Bosch! They are the most vertically integrated software company of any car company, regardless of size. Christian’s company creates the software, circuit boards, assemble their own controllers. The only place they use Linux is in their infotainment system.

The one product that Koenigsegg hasn’t produced himself is the battery pack for the Regera. The Regera hybrid supercar uses the Croatian car manufacturer, Rimac battery pack. Coincidentally, Mate Rimac started his company when he was twenty-two years old as well.

Luxury is highlighted in the interior with features such as added insulation, 8-way electrically adjustable memory foam seats, a Koenigsegg 9” infotainment system, 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity, front, inner and rear camera system with recording capability. Included in the package is Apple CarPlay, supreme sound system, ambient lighting along with front and rear parking sensors and remote diagnostic and firmware update capability.

While traditional Koenigseggs have always had surprising levels of practicality, creature comforts, and features, our primary focus has always been to make the fastest cars on the planet – around a racetrack or anywhere else. The Koenigsegg Regera continues this tradition, but with innovative technology that blends outrageously fun speed, supreme comfort, and a unique Direct Drive experience.

There will be eighty handcrafted Regeras produced for sale at Koenigsegg’s production facility in Ängelholm, Sweden. The Regera will reign supreme as the next supercar hybrid.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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