Check out the car that has Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren quaking in their boots.
‘Regera’ means ‘to reign’ in Swedish, and there might a new king on the hybrid hypercar throne if boutique manufacturer Koenigsegg has its way.
The Koenigsegg Regera is taking on the holy trinity of the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LeFerrari and McLaren P1 despite not enjoying the resources of the three motoring giants.
Koenigsegg unveiled the Regera at the New York Auto Show in March and they’ve now revealed a production version with a 250mph top speed which it reaches in an impressive 20 seconds, smashing its rivals’ 217mph threshold.
The Regera boasts a 1200-horsepower, 5.0L twin-turbocharged V8 engine attached to an electric motor, plus a pair of rear-wheel-mounted electric motors that bring the car’s total horsepower to 1500. Koenigsegg has sacrificed the 1300 ponies seen in the company’s previous V8 engines to generate better torque output. And the 4.5kWh battery can be charged in the wall in just minutes.
But the most radical aspect of the Regera’s design? No gearbox. Instead, custom-made ‘Koenigsegg Direct Drive’ technology combines petrol and electric powerplants managed by one gear to reduce the amount of horsepower lost between the engine and the road, according to the manufacturer.
The ambitious vehicle comes with a $2 million price tag — but don’t get your cheque book out just yet, there’s a three-year waiting list to get your hands on what could become the new king of the hybrid hypercar realm.