In 1994 Christian von Koenigsegg introduced the world to his dream – the Koenigsegg CC supercar.
The Swedish inventor drew from his earlier success in creating Click – those clickable floor boards that became a global, billion-dollar product, and which was also wholeheartedly dismissed by his father-in-law, who ran a flooring factory.
That’s got to make for fun holiday get-togethers.
Anyway, Koenigsegg Automotive has become world-renown for incredible cars that feature everything from door and hood actuation systems, innovative superchargers, memory foam seats, carbon-fiber wheels and engines without camshafts.
The result is one of the lightest, most efficient, most detail-oriented vehicles ever built. Oh, and after owners plunk down the $2M they cost, they get to wait five years until one of the 25 vehicles it produces each year can be delivered.
So the company is faced with confronting the uncompromised quality that has made it so desirable with the fact that if it could make more cars, they would undeniably sell more cars.
So when Koenigsegg says his company is going to try to cut lead times in half it not only means they’d double output, but they’d also double revenues.
But taking a closer look at the ,1500-HP Regera hybrid-electric model, one has to wonder where they’d start.
The Regera combines a twin-turbo 5-liter V8 with three YASA-developed electric motors, regenerative braking and a powertrain technology called Koenigsegg Direct Drive – which works without a gearbox.
KDD replaces the traditional transmission by providing direct drive to the rear axle directly from the combustion engine to avoid the related energy losses.
This just one element of a car with all the creature comforts you could imagine and capable of hitting 250 mph in under 20 seconds – not bad for a hybrid.
Additionally, the electric motors are powered by a battery pack that makes the Regera the world’s first 800-volt production car - triple the electric horsepower of its closest rival.