Koenigsegg makes its cars largely out of carbon fibre. But usually, the weave of the bodywork is hidden under paint, or at least varnished with a layer or a few of lacquer. But not this one.
The Swedish automaker touts this particular Regera as the first car in the world ever to be finished in completely naked, unadorned and unvarnished carbon fibre. Even the layer of epoxy applied in the production of the lightweight material was delicately and painstakingly removed by hand to leave the carbon strands completely exposed for a “more metallic graphite appearance.”
Called Koenigsegg Naked Carbon (KNC), it’s a process that the team in Ängelholm has been working on for years. The niche manufacturer has already been using the naked carbon fibre for individual components under the hood and inside the cabin. But this is the first time it’s applied the finish (or lack thereof) to the vehicle’s entire exterior bodywork. And the results, as you can see from these photos by Keno Zache Photography for Carage (and published on Koenigsegg’s website), look rather stunning – though we bet it looks even more so in person.
The vehicle to which the KNC treatment was applied is Koenigsegg’s first hybrid. Based on the same building blocks as the Agera, the Regera pairs a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with three electric motors – but no transmission to speak of. Just a single fixed gear, with the motors driving the wheels otherwise uninhibited. With a 3,510-pound curb weight motivated by 1,500 horsepower and nearly that much torque, it’ll rocket to 62 mph from a standstill in just 2.8 seconds, and top out at an electronically limited 255 mph. Koenigsegg will only make 80 examples, and they’ve all been sold already.