Wednesday, 6th January.

It’s a public holiday today and it’s my last day in Sweden before I go for a 2.5 week trip back home to Australia. At 5pm I get a call from my boss, Christian von Koenigsegg.

“Steven, we’ve just finished updating some software on the Regera and it’s ready to drive. Do you want to come for a ride?”

Silly question.

A little context first…..

What you’re about to read here is written by me, a Koenigsegg employee. My name is Steven Wade and I’m the copywriter at Koenigsegg. I write material for this website, for social media, for press releases, etc. I take a lot of photos, too. I started working here in June 2015, though I’ve known Christian since 2009.

There will be, therefore, an inherent bias in what I write here and you’re free to take it with an appropriately sized grain of salt.

That said, I urge you to ignore the temptation to write this off as an insider sales piece. The chance to actually ride in a Koenigsegg is almost as new to me as it is to you. It’s not as if we employees get to drive Koenigseggs every day. In fact, the vast majority of us rarely get to be in a car at all.

I see Koenigseggs every day but this was my first time in the Regera and only my second time in a Koenigsegg in the seven months I’ve been here. The car I drove earlier this year was a CC8S and that was just moving it from one place to another on our test track. In the interests of full disclosure, I also drove a CCX back in 2010. I’ve never been in or driven an Agera of any kind, including the One:1.

So this was, indeed, a rare opportunity and I can assure you that every emotion you read here is genuinely expressed. Yes, I’m a Koenigsegg employee. But before that happened, I was a car guy and I remain a car guy, first and foremost.

It’s 5:30 when I get to the factory. I step outside and while the Regera is looking serene in the ambient light, it’s idling like Thor’s hammer from its twin fishtail Akropovic exhausts.

“How do you want to do this?” Christian asks.

“You drive, I’ll film” is my reply.

Yes, I just turned down my opportunity to drive the Regera myself but that’s OK. It’s -6 degrees C and I don’t want to be the newbie who plowed our test car into a pole because I didn’t understand the conditions. There’ll be other chances. Plus, I know how much he adores driving this car.

We drive for the next 15 minutes with me trying to hold my iPhone steady while Christian demonstrates just a little of the Regera’s capabilities. It might have only been one third throttle, but it was more than enough to suggest that this car is absof#$!inglutely AMAZING.

I don’t know what I was expecting but the Regera’s ability to surprise knows no bounds. A few notes from the experience…..

I know from photographing #Build128 that our engine mount system effectively means that the engine is bolted directly to the body of the car. It’s mere inches behind you as you sit in the seat. The Regera is a little different, with a new rear subframe and mounting system that is smooth and quiet in normal conditions, but can firm up when needed for greater stiffness and agility.

End result? The ride comfort and noise in the Regera, at steady speed, is as peaceful as a forest on a spring day. This will make an astoundingly good GT car.

On the other hand, there’s the power. Holy Mother of Acceleration, the power. As mentioned, we only went around one-third throttle at any given point in time but it felt like we were in one of those cartoons where there’s so much power that you can visualise the tarmac being pulled from the ground and stacked in folds behind you. And with the power comes that deep, powerful noise that you expect from a Koenigsegg. It’s raw and it keeps you 100% in the moment.

The Koenigsegg Regera really IS like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Only Mr Hyde’s been popping steroids and just downed a six-pack of Red Bull.

People keep wondering what it’s like to be in a car with no transmission, with no distinct gear change noises. It’s mesmerising in the best possible way. What you come to realise is just how much extra power and torque there is available with every additional engine revolution. It’s effortless. Seamless.

Let me tell you – if you’re riding in or driving the Regera and your mind is on the lack of gearchanges, you’re missing the point. Yes, the fact that this car has no transmission is indeed one of it’s major points of difference. But it should not be thought of as something that’s lacking. It should be viewed for what it is – DIRECT DRIVE. Put simple, you have truckloads of power going directly to the wheels in a way that you cannot experience in any other car.

The Regera has a neat little feature on the rev counter that will have you focused on this fact.

The tachometer indicator moves around the dial as the revs build, just like in any other car. When you hit the go-pedal, however, the indicator gets bigger/fatter, denoting the fact that you’re using more of the available torque. It’s a brilliant interactive graphic that’s going to cost some of our customers some speeding fines, I think. Stay safe, hombres.

For those who still think they might need a little old school gearchange feeling, we’ve also built in an electronic clutch feature that simulates the feeling of a kickdown gear change. You can see it in action in the video, below.

The chassis and suspension on this factory development car has not been fine-tuned as yet. The car feels extremely sure-footed already, though. Christian has said that the only way to be faster around a track than a Regera is in another Koenigsegg and I believe him. This might make for a beautiful GT car but it’s not going to be a wallflower on the circuit. Drivers are going to have to re-learn how to drive as they’re not going to have gears to reference corners with. They’re going to have to pay more attention to their speed. But they will learn and they will love it.

It’s so comfortable, so innovative and yet so aggressive and powerful. The Koenigsegg Regera is truly going to blow you away.

Christian asked me “What do you think?” when we got back to the factory.

What do I think? I think we’re going to need a bigger factory.

We sold 20 Regeras as soon as the car was announced early in 2015. We’re only going to make 80 of them over the car’s lifetime. I think that as soon as customers drive the Regera and experience what I experienced today, they’re going to order one of those 60 remaining cars in very quick time.

We’ve already got a 2 year backlog of work at Koenigsegg. I think there’s a blowout coming.

27 comments

  1. Comment by Kris Singh

    Kris Singh January 12, 2016 at 01:53

    This is so well written that I got excited reading it. Steven, you have a rare talent. Enjoy your time at home – a well earned vacation!!

    • Comment by Salman Hasib

      Salman Hasib January 12, 2016 at 08:05

      I just had the amazing opportunity to see an Agera R and a CCX at the same time in Los Angeles, which is incredibly rare and probably slightly illegal, but I cannot wait for the day I get to see a Regera rolling down the streets. Oh and thank you for the video, the more insight we get, the happier we are!

      • Comment by Kyle

        Kyle January 12, 2016 at 16:33

        Wow I didn’t know they had those in California! You’re so lucky 🙂

  2. Comment by Brian Pichelman

    Brian Pichelman January 12, 2016 at 02:04

    Well if I win the American Powerball I will buy one!

  3. Comment by Bengt Dieden

    Bengt Dieden January 12, 2016 at 02:11

    Fantastic car but of course it has a transmission. However no gearbox or better the gearbox has only one speed. If no gearbox the wheels would have been turning with the same rpm as the engine. Basicly the car works as a VeloSolex moped even if somewhat more powerful.

  4. Comment by Alexander Christian Ranjo Ching

    Alexander Christian Ranjo Ching January 12, 2016 at 02:30

    Reading the article got me all excited! Keep it up, Steven Wade!

  5. Comment by Fossorier charles

    Fossorier charles January 12, 2016 at 06:27

    I cannot see the video… It is “private”

  6. Comment by Kyle

    Kyle January 12, 2016 at 16:31

    Wow Mr. Wade, sounds like you had a lot of fun going for thrills in that one of a kind hybrid, unlike any other ever made. I was also surprised to find out you rarely get to sit in the cars you make! I feel like all employees should have that opportunity more often, but that decision only lies in the hands of Christian 🙂

    Getting in or even near a Koenigsegg is something that definitely lies in the depths of my bucket list. Not sure how that’ll be accomplished, but i know there are some here in the US, so getting 100 ft away from one could eventually be something i could pull off.

    So glad to hear you all are thinking ahead of time for what next year will bring! I was so excited particularly with the release of the One:1, and now I’m anxious to hear what’s coming next year. Can’t wait to stay updated!

  7. Comment by Trino Pillay

    Trino Pillay January 12, 2016 at 17:52

    Thank you for the awesome video and write-up! Ive been waiting in anticipation to hear this car and it is worth all the hype and more. It sounds insane and the accelaration looks mind boggling. Koenigsegg please look into creating a section on your website for us fans. (More pictures, Car configurator)

  8. Comment by Jason Grunsell

    Jason Grunsell January 12, 2016 at 18:35

    Great commentary and insight on the Regera. Fascinated by different manufacturers power delivery systems. Been fortunate to drive and write about some amazing vehicles in the last 2 years. The Tesla with its instant acceleration is possibly a taste of the direct drive in the Regera. Just had a V12 FF for the weekend, sublime power delivery. I believe 1 Regera is coming to Canada this year, looking forward to seeing it in action. Would love to write an article on the Regera.

  9. Comment by Seegal

    Seegal January 12, 2016 at 19:04

    How does this work, without any transmission? How can the rev range of one engine cover every speed from low maneuvering speeds below 10km/h up to what ever the car’s top speed is, around 300km/h or something like that? I mean, this sounds physically impossible without some kind of variable transmission? Is there a CVT box in it, or something like that?

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade January 12, 2016 at 19:33

      The car effectively has 4 motors. 3 electric and one gasoline.

      Visit our Regera page for more information.

    • Comment by ToyMaker

      ToyMaker January 12, 2016 at 21:49

      Actually, 410km/h.

    • Comment by JGK

      JGK January 13, 2016 at 12:12

      The V8 has been optimized for low end torque. The electric motors take care of speeds up to 50kph as the V8 idles or run the central e-motor to charge the battery. The battery is significantly larger than the 918, which is probably why the P1 could not match it over a lap of the ring. Lots of e-power deployment, not enough regen.
      Anyway, at 1000rpm/50kph the V8 can’tt do a whole lot. It seems the demonstrated kick-down takes care of that. LIke driving off in a regular petrol car, you get some revs going, and ease off the clutch. So the engine can make the revs it needs to, and the clutch takes up the diffference. If you merely floor it (without kick-down) in the Regera at 50kph and near depleted batteries, not a whole lot will happen. So batteries likely be come a priority for the car to replenish when it runs down from hard usage. About 700hp of e-only (V8 shut off) on the rear wheels of a 1600kg car would still result in some really impressive performances. In (guessed) theory 0-100kph could still happen in 3.0 seconds, top speed still 350kph or so. Although Koenigsegg will likely (unfortunately) will not set it up to be capable of that. Heating could well be an issue drawing so much from a small battery pack. Just to indicate, the electrive drive train of the car is strong enough to make it a supercar, let alone capable to assist as “torque fill”, which a V8 at 1000rpm surely needs. Let alone from standstill. The V8 is not even connected to the wheels then.

      If sales remain relatively slow for Regera, hopefully Koenigsegg will not wait and just develop a 4WD version. It would not necessarily be much or any heavier. Moving the wheel motors to the front (it’s been done by otthers, K will manage) would make for spectacular performance off the line. LIke the 918 and probably better.
      Having 4 wheels on electric power further aids performance through regenerative braking. The battery needs to be up for such instant charging, but a bank of super capacitors might be of use to dump this energy in and more graduallly move to the battery, or power the wheels directly when there is demand for power again within say 10 seconds. Keep the battery cooler, while running down less quickly from getting more out of eacch throttle-off situation. The battery could be reduced in size and weight to compensate for the extra supercapacitors if deemed necessary.
      The 4WD version could be more Agera RS like in terms of aero. Directly mounted V8. A hybrid time attack car more than the ultimate GT the RWD Regera seems to be. Torque vectoringon 4 wheels seems to work well for those who make an effort using it to improve cornering and stability.

  10. Comment by Romac

    Romac January 12, 2016 at 21:58

    Before, it was just: Want Want Want
    Now it’s: *WANT* *WANT* *WANT*
    Thanks Christian & Steve for this brilliant dialog piece. Have a great vacation Steve. Just maybe the Regera needs to be introduced to the Stuart Highway?

    • Comment by Steven Wade

      Steven Wade January 12, 2016 at 22:05

      Don’t think I haven’t thought about that 😉

      The problem is stray wildlife when you’re covering a football field per second.

  11. Comment by Leonardo V de Anda

    Leonardo V de Anda January 12, 2016 at 23:30

    i will have a koenigsegg i can make you this promise, this article is spectacularly well written , very short yet enticing, just makes me want to forget about gearshifts entireley, of course until i think about the agera rs. btw, abig congratulations to koenigsegg i just read that all Agera RS models have been sold

  12. Comment by George L.

    George L. January 13, 2016 at 10:23

    So, when is Koenigsegg planning to properly test Regera’s acceleration with V-Box Video HD etc. ???

  13. Comment by Robert

    Robert January 13, 2016 at 19:29

    Hello
    How many people actually worked in the design?
    I mean specially the front.

  14. Comment by Xenofon

    Xenofon January 14, 2016 at 10:59

    Just awesome looking at the video and reading this , it made my day.

  15. Comment by Gabriel Neculaica

    Gabriel Neculaica January 15, 2016 at 02:21

    It’s like having a Duke engine strapped to your back, right? Koenigsegg factory is my Mecca!

  16. Comment by Geoff Nolan

    Geoff Nolan January 15, 2016 at 19:26

    Great stuff, Swade! The sound at 3:56 is phenomenal!

    • Comment by maanders

      maanders February 9, 2016 at 18:57

      CvK: “That’s not boring, is it?”
      SW: (uncontrollable giggles)
      🙂

  17. Comment by Nimalan Rajagopalan

    Nimalan Rajagopalan January 17, 2016 at 07:21

    Wowieee! Finally I got to hear that beautiful, beautiful combination of a Petrol V8 and 3 electric motors! And this time for much longer! I can’t seem to get enough of it!

    Man, you don’t know how very envious of you I am right now Mr. Wade, it’s pretty much a one-in-a-million chance for any of us to get a ride in a Koenigsegg, much less a Koenigsegg Regera! And to be driven around by the man himself, living and breathing and in the flesh, amazing us with what’s going on inside that mind-blowing machine!

    Any one of us who hold any Koenigsegg in great reverence would consider the opening question from Christian a most silly question and judging by your adjective on the 43rd or so line, it must have been one hell of an experience for you, and a most interesting read for us!

    The commuters must all have been thinking,”Woah! Look at that car!” or,”What the HELL is that Machine made of?!” when they heard the simulation of the electronic clutch system blow their ears off! Aside from it giving everyone an adrenaline rush and the driver a need for a fresh pair of pants, I think it gives us proof that future technology, albeit a little complicated(understatement!) is absolutely never going to be boring if you don’t want it to. It’s going to please the traditionalists and the futurists, so rock on guys, and keep up the good work at Koenigsegg!

    Wishing for some official test figures soon,
    Nimalan S. R.

  18. Comment by Bine

    Bine January 17, 2016 at 14:15

    This car is amazing. Just one thing(I’ve just watched the Schmee150 video). Change the color of the windshield screen vents-there’s too much reflection on the windshield 😉

  19. Comment by Gabriel Luke

    Gabriel Luke January 28, 2016 at 06:24

    Truly AMAZING!

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