Good day to all!
Today, the gigantic box, which some still know as the Palexpo Exhibition Center, has thrown its doors open to the pen, camera, knife and ax workers, marking the beginning of the 85th annual Geneva Motor Show. Since the country is now located in the place where it is better not to light a match, your humble servant has missed this significant event for the second year already, but this does not prevent me (and you, since you are reading these lines) from following the events of the most famous auto show in the world through social, automobile (and even fishing - if someone's waterproof tablet with a 3- or 4G-module has previously got into them) networks.
year 2013. A photo of your beloved in the reflection of the McLaren F1 LM XP1. ONE LOVE
There are a lot of interesting new products this year: this is the track Aston Martin Vulcan, and the updated 10-cylinder monster GTA Spano, and the racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Cayman GT4 without two points on the seat belts, and the hot hatch Honda Civic Type inspired by the formula heritage. -R … The list can be very long. Interestingly, there are enough "oldies" too: a juicy red original made up the company for the steroid concept Ford GT, the Brabus stand was decorated with luxurious Mercedes 280SL and 280SE, and in the corner of the RUF tuner there was a place for a modest-looking RCT, which nevertheless possesses by no means modest characteristics. Much to my grief, they also brought the McLaren F1 LongTail, which I have dreamed of seeing for the devil knows how many years. Sad Bat Tru.
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE.
But most of all I was personally stirred up by two events, which, at the behest of higher powers, converged in one place (if the location of the stands did not change - at a distance of a couple of meters) and at the same time. Symbolism is off the charts.
First, the Bugatti Veyron is retiring, and its farewell version of the LaFinale was presented in Geneva.
I have never liked this car, which personally seems to me terribly disproportionate and irrational from the point of view of the idea itself. However, after the appearance of a bunch of Limited Editions (which with a circulation of 450 units, each of which is assembled by hand, is hysterically ridiculous absurdity), I just hated it. Therefore, I am glad that its life cycle is over. Nevertheless, objective reality forces us to admit that this car is a breakthrough: for the first time the speed exceeded 400 km / h, for the first time two pedals became more preferable in the Major League than three … because he, like the McLaren F1, made a lot of noise. But he leaves. Someone will feel sad, some will not notice, and one moron will stand with a slight grin and hum in his head "NA-NA-NA-NA!NA-NA-NA-NA! HE-HEY! GOODBYE! ".
First and last. Bye Bye!
And secondly (if anyone has forgotten - we are talking about a significant event), as for me, a truly new generation hypercar was presented. What was the McLaren F1. What was the Bugatti Veyron. And what will become - I hope everyone will read the first word without hesitation - Koenigsegg Regera.
Christian von Koenigsegg's cars have always been a ticking time bomb in my eyes. It seems that the company is small, and it is located in a country where they are more concerned not about "km / h" or seconds, but about EuroNCAP points, but it always puts in its five kopecks. Hop! - and a speed record. Hop! - and a record of acceleration from 0 to 300 km / h. And all this on - hop! - bioethanol. And all this - hop again! - on the basis, de facto, of the same car, whose roots go back to the beginning of this century.
year 2013. Christian Von Koenigsegg against the background of Agera S Hundra
But this time everything is completely different. The bomb went off! And although the Regera's good-natured appearance against the background of the One: 1 model suggests otherwise, the car can stir up its class worse than the McLaren P1 or LaFerrari.
Yes, the Regera still resembles the original CC8 in places. The same "dolphins" emerging from the engine niche, the same windshield visor. But when it comes to the "stuffing", here great-Koenigsegg and Regera differ dramatically.
There are at least 1,500 horses hidden in the diagram. Find them
At the heart of the Reger is a lure called the Koenigsegg Direct Drive. In short, it is a five-liter "eight" + three electric motors (one on each rear wheel and one on the crankshaft) with a total output of "more than 1500 hp" (Top Gear talks about 1800 hp, but that's if it's stupid to add up the power of gasoline and electric power plants). However, there is a catch - this enticement completely excludes the traditional gearbox from its composition! The KDD, in fact, has two gears: "full forward" and "full reverse". This means that transmission losses, as well as wear of the traction force transmission mechanism, are minimized! Unfortunately, the press release very sparingly describes this patented technology, but it seems to me that soon something similar may appear … yes, everyone,who has the right hands and brainy lawyers.
In short, we have before us the craziest hybrid in history (by the way, a plug-in hybrid, that is, with the ability to charge it from an outlet) and, quite possibly, a new milestone in the class of hypercars! Just think about it, please, really think about it: the Regera accelerates from 150 to 250 km / h in 3.2 seconds. For three, his mother, and two tenths!
From zero to hundred - for 2.8. From standstill to 400 km / h - in 20 seconds. Maximum speed? Oh, God only knows. It is curious that despite the hybrid essence, the Reger weighs a little - 1420 kg.
There are many other interesting features: active aerodynamics with dampers and an adjustable wing; just a clever exhaust system, originally inscribed in the rear diffuser, which was created by Akrapovic for Koenigsegg; carbon wheels … The interior is also good, which can be easily distinguished from the Ager and the CC series
There will be 80 similar cars (and without any Launch Edition, Special Edition, Birthday Of My Doggy Edition … I hope), which, I am sure, when they reach the road, will seriously shake this world.
After One: 1 and Regera, I just don't know what to expect from Koenigsegg in a year. But I'll do my best to get my 50 kege to Palexpo in 2016.