Thursday, April 21, 2016

Why i think Koenigsegg is an important company

For those who are not as interested in cars as others might be, then you probably have never heard of Koenigsegg. Koenigsegg is a small Swedish car manufacturer who produce extremely powerful vehicles. their newest addition to the line up is the Regera. The Regera is a beast of a vehicle that produces 1500hp from a twin turbo 5.0L V8 and three electric motors. Now, hybrid super cars are nothing new, we do have the Holy Trinity of course (Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1), but what makes the Koenigsegg Regera so important is the new technology that it posses. Christian von Koenigsegg, founder and owner of Koenigsegg, invented the Koenigsegg Direct Drive system(KDD). This system was invented and developed for the Regera. The KDD is a new drive system that eliminates a standard transmission. This is what makes the Regera such an interesting car. When i first heard of this system I wondered to myself how they planned on getting the power from the engine to the wheels. It is actually quite simple. The Regera features a single gear near the rear axle which will allow the car to turn it wheels with power from the engine, but the gear is to small for the engine to put any decent power down at low speeds. Well Koenigsegg has got that covered. By adding three electric motors the Regera is able to propel itself at low speeds while a hydraulic coupling, placed in between the engine and the final gear, allows the two to slip so no power is given. At 30mph the hydraulic coupling locks and the engine begins to drive the wheels. What is cool about this is that the gear size that Koenigsegg chose allows for the engine RPM to match the wheel RPM after the coupling locks. This means that the car will reach its top speed when the engine reaches its max RPM. Koenigsegg as a company are finding new ways to differentiate between a car and a hyper car. Other hybrid super cars have similar power plant layouts to plain hybrid cars that people buy to save gas, while Koenigsegg stands out among them and is changing the hyper car game.

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