Koenigsegg has produced the world’s first ever car finished completely in Koenigsegg Naked Carbon, and it’s enough to make a grown man pur.
When you set about building a supercar, it’s expected that you’ll do things differently, approach problems from a different angle, add or subtract from the norm. Koenigsegg has done just that, creating the Regera, an out of this world hypercar dressed in ‘naked’ carbon fibre or KNC. In a unique process, the carbon fibre used to make the Regera comes without the lacquer, varnish or alternative coating you’d usually find on the outside. Instead, the thin layer of epoxy that normally covers a high-end autoclaved cured carbon piece is carefully removed by hand polishing.
The result is a bold new look for this state-of-the-art material. The body of the car becomes cold to the touch as the material is pure carbon, instead of an insulating epoxy or lacquer layer with carbon underneath. The sheen takes on a more metallic graphite appearance as each graphite strand is now fully exposed.
One interesting upside to KNC is that lacquers are much softer than the exposed carbon. The KNC surface is actually much less sensitive to stone chips and sharp objects causing scratches compared to conventional surface treatments.
Koenigsegg has been perfecting the KNC method over several years, applying it to parts such as wheels, wings, splitters, winglets and steering wheels, with great effect. Before deciding to do a whole car, samples were exposed to summer heat and sun, as well as winter wet and cold. Parts were kept outside for several years in order to make sure the elements did not negatively affect the amazing surface.
As there is no paint or clear lacquer at all on the car and the thin layer of epoxy is polished away, the KNC Regera is actually around 20 kg lighter than a painted Koenigsegg.
That makes a big difference on a supreme piece of engineering like the Regera, which is specifically designed to be a luxury megacar, alternative to Koenigsegg’s traditional extreme, light weight, race-like road cars.
The Koenigsegg Regera combines a powerful twin-turbo V8 combustion engine with three electric motors and cutting-edge battery power via new powertrain technology called Koenigsegg Direct Drive. This revolutionary technology removes the traditional gearbox, making the car lighter and more efficient.
Regera is Swedish for “to Reign” – a suitable name for a machine that’s limited to just 80 cars and which offers an unforeseen combination of power, responsiveness and luxury. The Regera will reign as king of the open road – the fastest accelerating (0-400km/hr in under 20 seconds), most powerful production car ever.