In Swedish, Regera is a verb meaning 'to reign'. True to its name, the Koenigsegg Regera now reigns with the fastest 0-400-0km/h time of any production vehicle.
The Regera, piloted by Koenigsegg driver Sonny Persson, set an overall time of 31.49 seconds. That comprised 22.87 seconds reaching 400km/h and 8.62 seconds coming to a complete stop.
Company founder Christian von Koenigsegg claims the Regera could’ve set an even quicker time if the testing location – Råda Military Airfield in Sweden – had had a more level surface.
Persson had to avoid bumps on his record run, slowing him down somewhat. Koenigsegg has previously claimed the Regera could hit 400km/h in 20 seconds.
The run was done in a production Regera, with only a roll cage and a four-point harness added for safety.
The previous record holder was another Koenigsegg, the Agera RS, which completed the run in 33.29 seconds two years ago in Nevada.
The Regera has a different drivetrain, however. Instead of the Agera’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the Regera uses Koenigsegg’s Direct Drive technology, consisting of a single-speed, fixed-gear transmission.
It’s mated to a 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 like the Agera RS, albeit enhanced with three electric motors. Combined output is a scenery-blurring 1120kW and 2000Nm.
The Agera RS still holds the record for the highest top speed of any production car, however, reaching 447.19km/h.
A pre-production Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ pipped that earlier this year, clocking a top speed of 490.48km/h, but speed record formalists argued it couldn’t officially claim the record as it did the top speed run in only one direction.
Koenigsegg needn’t worry about Bugatti trying to snatch the 0-400-0km/h trophy or lock in the highest top speed record. Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann has said the company won’t be chasing any more records soon.
Although Bugatti won’t be nipping at its heels, we’d love to see what Koenigsegg could do with a Regera and a road as smooth as a billiard table.
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