Watching the Direct-Drive Koenigsegg Regera Accelerate to 250 MPH Is Bizarre

The sound and the acceleration don't match up. And that's what makes it great.

Last month, Koenigsegg set a 0-400-0 km/h (0-249-0 mph) record with its Regera, a hybrid hypercar with no traditional transmission. The Regera instead has an 1100-hp twin-turbo V-8 paired with three electric motors—one in front of the crankshaft, and one at each rear wheel. The only thing connecting the engine to the rear wheels is an ultra-strong billet aluminum torque converter. In sum, the Regera makes 1500 hp and 1475 lb-ft of torque.

Since the engine is effectively operating in direct drive all the time, watching and listening to a Regera accelerate is very unusual. Koenigsegg just released video of the Regera record run, and it almost seems like the car has a CVT. Revs from the V-8 rise slowly and hold steady at various points in a way that doesn't correspond to the violent acceleration. In other words, this thing doesn't sound like it's ripping to 250 mph from a dead stop in 23.64 seconds.

Even by Koenigsegg's lofty standards, the Regera is unlike any other car. Amazingly, the Swedish company is following it up with a car equipped with a nine-speed, seven-clutch transmission, the Jesko. Christian von Koenigsegg and his team just can't seem to do anything the easy way.

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