That's right. The 1,500 horsepower Koenigsegg Regera, almost certainly the world's fastest GT, has no gearbox at all. Meet the new era of direct drive.
Okay, so Christian von Koenigsegg has done it again. It's 9:24 am at the Geneva Motor Show, but I don't think anybody can top the Regera as far as insane engineering goes. I mean, 1,500 hp and no gearbox? I know the Prius has no gearbox either, but this is a whole new level. No need for more coffee, I was all ears.
Get this: Christian came up with an idea just eight months ago, figured out how to make it happen, patented the technology and now will build 80 Regeras priced at $1.89 million.
Unlike the Agera RS, the Regera was not designed for track duty. Koenigsegg calls it the world's fastest luxury hypercar. Weighing 3,130 pounds dry and 3,589 ready for action, it's 330 pounds heavier than the RS mostly due to 44 pounds worth of sound deadening, electric seats, rubber engine mounts and a foldable rear wing.
Here's Christian von Koenigsegg acting as hydraulic fluid to demonstrate how it works:
The Regera has 1,500 hp thanks to a twin-turbo combustion engine producing 1,100 on pump gas, and three electric motors: one on the crank with 221 pound feet of torque, and one at each rear wheel with 192 ft lb. Thanks to that, you get torque vectoring as well.
Since the gearbox was replaced by a hydraulic clutch, the three lightweight electric motors and a nine kWh battery pack made by Rimac, Koenigsegg says they saved about 440 pounds compared to having a double clutch gearbox.
The rest is pretty much Christian's traditional recipe with a carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb chassis, a carbon/kevlar body, active aero, massive carbon-ceramic brakes, hollow carbon wheels, a titanium exhaust system and the signature removable top.
Inside, you'll find the finest leathers with billet aluminum controls and Apple Carplay, and with 21 miles of pure electric range added to the mix, this truly is the most advanced sports car the world has ever seen.
Oh, they also have this, just to be covered on both sides:
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