Here’s How Koenigsegg Crash Tests the $2 Million Regera Hypercar
Koenigsegg manufactures the Regera in Sweden, but it sends the supercar to Spain for crash testing.
We all know that Koenigsegg makes some of the fastest supercars in the world. However, as seen in the above video from Apex One, the Swedish manufacturer also produces some of the safest vehicles in the world. For instance, the Koenigsegg Regera features a carbon fiber monocoque with an aluminum honeycomb core structure, which offers a torsional rigidity of 65,000 Nm per degree. Apparently, the monocoque of the Porsche 918 Spyder has a torsional rigidity of 40,000 Nm per degree. Remember, the monocoques of the Formula One race cars also are made from carbon-fiber.
The safety regulations for automobiles vary across the continents. However, unlike large corporations like Toyota, BMW and General Motors, Koenigsegg does not have the resources to build multiple prototypes for the numerous crash tests. As a result, the company has built one Regera model and uses it for the different tests. It is able to do that because of the strength of the Regera’s monocoque.
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“It’s cheaper to rebuild and repair and keep smashing the same car,” says owner Christian von Koenigsegg in the clip. “That’s, of course, more difficult because it needs to take multiple hits, but we designed for that, and it saves us time, money and resources.”
The Regera packs a hybrid powertrain that produces over 1,500 horsepower and 1,475 pound-feet of torque. It sprints from 0-62 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds and from 0-248 mph in about 20 seconds. On paper, the Regera competes with the Bugatti Chiron, which packs an 8.0-liter W16 engine. The price of the Regera starts at around $2 million. The price of the Chiron starts at $3 million.