The Koenigsegg Regera: A Single Gear Monster

The Koenigsegg Regera really needs no introduction, almost everyone has heard of the name, and if you’re a gaming fanatic, you certainly know full well what sort of fear this car induces. It is as jaw-dropping gorgeous to look at as it is fast; it is without a shadow of a doubt the world’s fastest car that can achieve its top speed from a standstill in one gear. You heard that right; the big-brained boffins over at Koenigsegg had developed a vehicle that uses only a single-speed direct-drive drivetrain to propel it.

Koenigsegg has come a long way since it first launched back in the late 90s. They’ve always had an addiction to speed; their first model, the CC8S, was just out of this world. It had a top speed of over 240 mph, then some years later, they released the CCX, which for a while held the record for the fastest speeding ticket given at 242 mph. Fast forward to 2016, and they released this, the Regera; at first, it sounded too good to be true. A plug-in hybrid with a fire breathing engine that was linked to a single drive gearbox, that’s something out of science fiction. Well, somehow, they cracked it and developed a car that will forever be remembered.


Performance is where the Regera excels at; we already know that it uses a signal speed direct drivetrain to move the car. The engine, however, is a 5.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 that is also coupled to three electric motors. Making the speed demon a hybrid, on battery power alone, the range is about 22 miles which aren’t too bad but it being a hybrid means you don’t have to stop and charge it all the time. You can let the engine either charge the batteries for you or work in perfect harmony together; once combined total power output of 1,500 bhp is produced and 1,250 Nm torque. 0-62 mph is achieved under 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 6.6 seconds, 186 mph in 10.9 seconds and reaching its top speed of 249 mph in under 20 seconds. Though the Regera could go even faster, it is limited by the revs produced from the engine that holds it back; still, though I doubt anyone would be complaining about needing to go even faster at those speeds. Given the fact that the Swedish translation for Regera meaning “to reign” or “to rule” is a name well earned as on 29th September 2019, the Regera broke the 0–400–0 km/h (0–249–0 mph) acceleration record for a production car with a time of 31.49 seconds. This is 1.8 seconds faster than the previous record, also held by Koenigsegg but set by the Koenigsegg Agera RS.

Exterior wise the Regera is a gorgeous piece of engineering with a lot of thought going into it and a lot of quirky bits added to it. For starters, the daytime running lights are designed to resemble a particular constellation with the carbon fibre background resembling the night sky. Furthermore, the headlamps have integrated fans within them to vent out any condensation and be equipped, as usual with Koenigsegg, with active aerodynamics for increased downforce. At the back, you will find a fully retractable wing, whilst at the front, there are active flaps used to manipulate the air going through the car, further increasing concerning capabilities. With all the added downforce, Koenigsegg claims that at around 155 mph, the aerodynamic system produces an excess of 450 kg of downforce. Merely for bragging purposes, Koenigsegg also claims that the Regera is the first “fully-robotised” car. Meaning that all openings and the wing mirrors are equipped with proximity sensors to ensure that the owner and its passenger don’t accidentally scrape or damage the doors on nearby objects and have complete control over the car’s body panels which can be opened remotely for the showing off.


For all of this high-end performance and aerodynamics, you’d think that’ll be all you get for your £1.5 million ($2 million) hypercar. Though rest assured, Koegnisegg realised that even though you’d probably spend a fair bit of time staring and admiring the car. You may, on occasions, wish to take it for a cruise as well; that is why the Regera comes with added insulation to help keep noise to a minimum and reduce wind, engine and powertrain noise as well. As standard 8 way electronically adjustable memory foam seats are also included, which means you’ll not only be driving in style but also in maximum comfort too. Though that’s not all, you also get a 9-inch infrared infotainment screen with a complete camera system with recording capabilities. Not to mention Apple CarPlay, high-end sound system, ambient lighting, 4G, WiFi and parking sensors. Another fancy gimmick is with connectivity to the web, Koenigsegg can send over-the-air software updates to each individual car without needing it to be shipped back to Sweden. These updates can allow for modifications of the power band, acceleration, sharpness of the throttle response etc.

From an engineering standpoint, the Koenigsegg Regera is the cherry on top of the pie. It is quite an expensive gimmick at that, but it is regarded as the pinnacle of automotive technology. Considering that this beautiful monster was released all the way back in 2016, it shows just how much ahead of its time the Regera really was. Most cars nowadays can’t even hold a candle next to it, though, without a shadow of a doubt, the Koenigsegg Regera has made its way to become a car that we not only love, desire and want; but a car that we massively respect for what it is capable of.




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