Koenigsegg’s Hybrid RegeraPosted by: Lydia Siu onMarch 25th, 2016
Company owner Christian Von Koenigsegg has said it before, he refuses to use electric technology to achieve the hyper levels of horsepower in todays hypercars. So that made the announcement that the Regera will be using a hybrid power source very conflicting. But Koenigsegg himself will be the first one to correct you and say don’t call it a hybrid. And in Koenigsegg fashion, this isn’t your typical hybrid. It has no transmission, but we’ll get back to that later.
Onboard the Koenigsegg is a 5.0L turbo V8 “conventional” gas motor but there’s also three electric motors. The electric motors are powered by a 9kWh, 620-volt water cooled batter. There is one electric motors are assigned to move the drive shaft producing 215hp, and two separate electric motors powering each rear wheel making 241hp each totally nearly 700hp on just electric power. On full electric mode, the Regera has a range of about 22 miles. Once the gas motor kicks in, the combined power output bumps to approximately 1,500hp and 1,475lb/ft of torque. All of that power delivers a 0-100km/h sprint in a mere 2.8 seconds
So back to the point mentioned earlier about this car having no transmission. Koenigsegg developed a Direct Drive system which uses a single gear ratio instead of a traditional transmission to convert power from the engine to the drive line. At speeds above 30mph, the gas engine kicks in and works together with the electric motor to accelerate the car. With the transmission out of the equation, the weight savings is balanced off by the added weight of the hybrid system which nets a near zero weight gain for a lot of added technology.
This innovation by Koenigsegg completely turns the concept of hybrid power on its head and continues to push the boundaries of integrating new technology into a vehicle to continue increasing performance and efficiency.