Koenigsegg reveals special Regera with bare carbon bodywork

While all 80 examples of the bonkers Koenigsegg Regera have already been sold, not all have been produced yet, and the latest to be completed by the Swedish company is the first and only one to sport a stunning bare carbon fibre finish.

Although all examples of the hybrid hypercar are made almost entirely out of carbon fibre, this latest one sports a special type of carbon dubbed “Koenigsegg Naked Carbon”, which is designed to provide a distinct look and feel, and to save a few precious grams of weight.

KNC, as it’s known for short, is produced in the same manner as all other forms of carbon fibre but is finished using an incredibly time-consuming and careful procedure in which each panel is sanded down to the weave by hand.

Highlighting the complexity and delicate nature of the procedure, Koenigsegg notes that if the susceptible fibres in the weave are damaged during the final stages of the process, the entire panel is destined straight for the bin. You wouldn’t want to be the worker to mess that up, then.

Most surprisingly, however, the final finish is purely the raw, exposed carbon fibre itself, with no paint, clearcoat, or epoxy coating it. The company does claim that the carbon itself should be resistant to any scratches or chipping, and that tests were done leaving panels finished this way outside for a number of years proved its resistance to temperature and the elements.

As far as weight-savings are concerned, the unique finish saves a claimed 20kg over a standard painted Regera, which may shave a few milliseconds off its already insane performance figures.

The naked carbon Regera sports the same unique drivetrain as all other examples, meaning there’s a mid-mounted 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 paired to an F1-spec battery pack and three electric motors that produces system outputs of a colossal 1118kW and 2000Nm, with that power channeled to the rear wheels alone through a patent-pending Koenigsegg Direct Drive system in lieu of a conventional transmission.

The standard painted Regera boasts remarkable acceleration figures of 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, 0-200km/h in 6.6 seconds, 0-300km/h in just 10.9 seconds, and 0-400km/h in only around 20 seconds. No new performance figures are quoted for the lighter naked carbon model.

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