Koenigsegg Regera, 2015. The Swedish hybrid hypercar is powered by the combination of a 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 and three electric motors – one for each rear wheel and one on the crankshaft. The combined output is ranked at “over 1500Bhp” (1520hp) and “over 2000Nm” (1475 lb.ft) of torque. Eighty Regera’s are to be built in the next five to six years, each will cost $1.89 million (around £1.23m) before tax
What a difference 34 years makes Alternating pics of BMW 525e (E28Series), 1983 and BMW 530e (G30Series), 2017. The 525E was an early example of BMW’s Efficient Dynamics, it used a low-revving 2.7 litre 6 cylinder engine which was tuned for economy rather than performance. The new 530e iPerformance saloon is a plug-in hybrid which combines an electric motor with a 2.0 4 cylinder engine
Chevrolet H-Car Prototype, 1969. General Motors XP-949 programme was their project to design a small car for urban use. It was powered by a a two-cylinder engine and a DC electric motor making it a plug-in hybrid. The project became part of General Motors 1970s T-car programme, minus the hybrid drive
Well, if you haven’t been on the internet the past week…..you
have missed out. There has been a ton of new cars being seen for the first time
at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, which we unfortunately not in attendance but are
definitely keeping up to date with. The show’s most significant (in our
opinion) release / new car is the exciting new Koenigsegg Regera hybrid
Now, with the evolution of the automobile moving forward in
the direction of hybrid enhancement, we are seeing the pioneering technology
coming from the big boys. Ferrari with the La Ferrari, Porsche with the 918
Spyder and McLaren with the P1. Koenigsegg were not about to miss out on the
party, and have graced the world with the new 1500-HP Regera.
Being called the Regera we can hazard a guess at it being
the cousin or step brother of the Agera hypercar but with a more advanced
plug-in hybrid powertrain. The powerhouse within the car is the same 5.0-Litre
V8 that we see in the Agera, but it will use smaller turbo’s in order to reduce
lag, still producing 1100-HP. This will be mated to a bed of electric motors
that are able to produce a further 700-HP. This means that when the both of
them decide to get together and have a party, you have over 1500-HP under your
right foot with just as much torque. The car can be run solely on electric
power, and outdo most currently produced electric vehicles plus Koenigsegg have
states that the Regera will be the “fastest accelerating, most powerful
production car ever”. Come on Bugatti, let’s see what you have hiding!
The vehicle will use Koenigsegg’s direct drive transmission
with the incorporation of three electric motors, one at each rear wheel and one
at the crankshaft of the fossil fuel burner. The Regera will also use torque
vectoring and regenerative braking to enhance the vehicle for on the moving
charging. Koenigsegg state the Regera is completely robotized; with active
hydraulic suspension, active aero in every opening and the powertrain is on
completely active mounts.
The car sounds absolutely incredible, and we cannot wait to
see some videos appearing online (or if Koenigsegg want a review, we sure would
be happy to do that for them)! But none of this is likely to be cheap or in any
kind of abundance. They will produce 80 Regera’s, alongside the new Agera RS
which will be the first time that Koenigsegg have built more than one model at
a single time.
The price of the Regera and the exact performance figures
are not yet available, but with the consideration that it will have 1500+ HP
and weighs lighter than 1600 Kg we expect figures of 250+ MPH in less than 20
seconds, and acceleration from 93-155mph in around 3 seconds.
Terrafugia TF-X, 2021. Terrafugia has revealed updated details of its TF-X flying car ahead of a proposed 2021 sales launch. Powered by a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid system, Terrafugia claims a 320km/h maximum speed, but, at 160km/h, the four-seat TF-X has a flying range of 650 kilometres
Volvo Announces World's First Production Diesel Plug-In Hybrid
Volvo announced today that they will be unveiling the new V60 Plug-In Hybrid at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show.
Up front, the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid will have a 2.4 Liter five-cylinder turbodiesel engine that produces 215 HP and 320 ft/lb of torque.
Out back is where the Volvo wagon gets even more interesting. Making its debut in the V60 Plug-In Hybrid is a rear axle with what Volvo calls ERAD, or Electric Rear Axle Drive. ERAD features an electric motor that puts out an additional 70 HP from a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
For those of you doing the counting that means that this Volvo V60 not only has AWD, but also 285 HP and a monstrous 467 ft/lb of torque.
The V60 Plug-In Hybrid gets even better. In order to appeal to a wider audience, the V60 Plug-In Hybrid features three new driving modes.
“Pure” is the Volvo’s electric only mode. On a full charge from your household electrical supply, the V60 Plug-In Hybrid will have a range of 32 miles, or about equivelant with the Chevrolet Volt.
“Hybrid” mode is fairly self-explanitory and it uses the diesel engine in conjunction with the ERAD system for more power and optimum fuel enconomy.
The most interesting mode is “Power.” This mode combines the two powerplants for optimum performance- allowing it to hustle from 0-62 MPH in a respectable 6.9 seconds.
Combining diesel and electric powertrains in a production automobile is frankly genious. Diesels are more efficient then gasoline engines and are perfect for applications where you’re trying to get optimum fuel economy- especially in a hybrid.
While there is no word yet on whether or not while be seeing the V60 Plug In Hybrid on our shores, it will be making its debut in Sweden next year.
UPDATE: According to the fine folks at Jalopnik.com, a source within Volvo said that it is highly unlikely we’ll be seeing the V60 Plug-In Hybrid on our shores, at least with a diesel. A non-diesel variant isn’t out of the question though.
Lamborghini Asterion, 2014. A “technological demonstrator” powered by a 5.2 litre V10 engine coupled to three electric motors, despite a positive reaction at its debut last year in Paris the Asterion seems unlikely to make production though its technology might