RE: Koenigsegg Regera gets world's first naked carbon

RE: Koenigsegg Regera gets world's first naked carbon

Thursday 6th December

Koenigsegg Regera gets world's first naked carbon

The Swedes have shaved the skin of their 1,500hp hypercar to save an impressive 20kg



Being a company of only 200 employees has not prevented Koenigsegg from taking on the industry's biggest names - as is evident by the list of world firsts achieved there. The small Swedish firm was the first to beat the 240mph top speed of the McLaren F1 back in 2005, of course, before becoming the first maker of a megacar with the One:1 nine years later. Most recently, it beat might of Bugatti with the top speed record breaking 277mph Agera RS. And now it's back with another world first.

Koenigsegg has produced a car - well, 1,500hp Agera - with a carbon fibre skin that's completely bare. Not even a nanometre of resin can be found on its surface, which means the carbon beneath is completely exposed. While that's not quite as spectacular a world first as ones relating to speed and power, once you understand the intricate process required to produce such a finish, let alone one capable of surviving the elements, the achievement sounds all the more remarkable. Anyway, it helps to save 20kg from the car's weight, the benefits of which we can all understand.

For starters, this so called Koenigsegg Naked Carbon (KNC) is different from the other 'bare' carbon bodies we've on supercars in recent years because absolutely no lacquer or varnish is applied. This means the perfect finish of each body panel is intrinsically linked to the quality of each and every visible carbon strand, which places quite a lot of pressure on the hand weaving process used to make it. There's resin in the carbon, of course, but not on the top layer, because it's been hand sanded away.


"This is an extremely sensitive process; one stroke too many will ruin the visible weave structure underneath the thin epoxy layer," is how Koenigsegg explains the difficulties. On a twin-turbo V8 model that's worth £1.5 million before any bare carbon body is specified, even the smallest blemish won't get past the company's quality control checks. We don't envy the person entrusted with this job, put it that way.

In case you're wondering how a birthday suit Agera will stand the test of time, Koenigsegg said it's left test body panels outside for years to see how they stand up to the elements. Presumably none cracked, melted or showed any signs of damage, so here we are with the world's first naked carbon car. And given how complex the manufacturing process to make it is, we suspect the Agera might remain the only one for a while, too.





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bluemason

Original Poster:

299 posts

59 months

Thursday 6th December
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Might have to sell the house and put down a deposit.

fernando the frog

45 posts

4 months

Thursday 6th December
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imagine of someone keyed it eek

toasty

5,084 posts

156 months

Thursday 6th December
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fernando the frog said:
imagine of someone keyed it eek
Further weight saving!

Every cloud and all that...

Paddy_N_Murphy

22,955 posts

120 months

Thursday 6th December
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so much better looking than a Senna

Gecko1978

2,112 posts

93 months

Thursday 6th December
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is the top speed not actually 282 in that it did hit that speed one way just not both for the record none the less it did over 280 mph on a public road.

The reason I mention it is if Buggati get their car to 281 say will they claim to be the fastest or worlds first etc when in fact its not.

Also while its impressive if I was spending multiple millions on a car then I would actually expect unique touches like this like say 1:1 power ratio or a gold lined engine bay or a paint made from same materials as the stealth bomber etc

What I mean is at this level if it was not unique then it would not sell at all. Non of this is likely to filter down to more normal cars its tech for tech's sake

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Gameface

5,904 posts

13 months

Thursday 6th December
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Amazing car.

Amazing amount of mistakes in the article.

Greg the Fish

120 posts

2 months

Thursday 6th December
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stunning

kambites

55,403 posts

157 months

Thursday 6th December
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How well would such a surface stand up to stone-chips? Is every owner simply going to end up covering that lovely bare carbon in a plastic film to protect it? biggrin

Gameface

5,904 posts

13 months

Thursday 6th December
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Gecko1978 said:
is the top speed not actually 282 in that it did hit that speed one way just not both for the record none the less it did over 280 mph on a public road.

The reason I mention it is if Buggati get their car to 281 say will they claim to be the fastest or worlds first etc when in fact its not.
This is a different car.





J2daG1990

952 posts

62 months

Thursday 6th December
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I sprayed the Resin off my carbon fibre spoiler with a jet wash after it broke down from the sun/weather so technically I already beat Koenigsegg to it.

cypriot

226 posts

35 months

Thursday 6th December
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Gecko1978 said:
is the top speed not actually 282 in that it did hit that speed one way just not both for the record none the less it did over 280 mph on a public road.

The reason I mention it is if Buggati get their car to 281 say will they claim to be the fastest or worlds first etc when in fact its not.

Also while its impressive if I was spending multiple millions on a car then I would actually expect unique touches like this like say 1:1 power ratio or a gold lined engine bay or a paint made from same materials as the stealth bomber etc

What I mean is at this level if it was not unique then it would not sell at all. Non of this is likely to filter down to more normal cars its tech for tech's sake
the reason for top speed runs going in both directions is any slight tail wind or inclines are evened out on two runs. So no, it didnt actually go 282 mph. Using your method, dropping a car out of the sky also meets the criteria...

fblm

15,344 posts

199 months

Thursday 6th December
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Gecko1978 said:
...tech for tech's sake
Is someone sanding down the outer resin layer really ''tech''? Art maybe.

fblm

15,344 posts

199 months

Thursday 6th December
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What does the Speedtail bring to the party that Koenigsegg didn't already do?

anniesdad

13,927 posts

174 months

Thursday 6th December
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I'll take mine painted in a nice shade of dark blue please. spin

Onehp

707 posts

219 months

Thursday 6th December
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"Koenigsegg has produced a car - well, 1,500hp Agera - with a carbon fibre skin that's completely bare."

Make up your mind, is it an Agera (Swedish: to act) or a Regera (S: to rule)?

Don Colione

40 posts

12 months

Thursday 6th December
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I have the highest regard for Mr. Koenigsegg, his cars, and the numerous historic achievements of his company. He is a true innovator; fully transparent, honest, and down to earth. He doesn't need to over-hype his cars and they hit the highest performance targets, on pump gas, without excuses for performance deficiencies like - heavy weight or poor design ("form over function").

Everything they do is also "in house", which makes me wonder why the mainstream manufacturers aren't innovating; with their access to better technology, manpower, and financing.

The Agera and Regera are "Mega-Cars" that have changed the game; yet, they receive relatively little coverage or attention from the mainstream media, or blogs... why is that?

Even the article above focused mainly on the carbon-fiber exterior, when the car has way more to offer than that in the way of game changing innovation! Way too many to list here...

Very informative - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jhB9Yx0hyY

I wish they could sound a little better though, lol but hey, nothing's perfect.....


Baron Greenback

3,733 posts

86 months

Thursday 6th December
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I wouldnt mind it, but I do like a car to look painted it adds your personnality to the car if you can afford it (this car they should be able to afford it) dont see the point of barecarbon to save weight they are quoting! Take the bags out the boot and dont let anyone in the passenger seat if you want to reduce weight!

MX6

3,856 posts

149 months

Thursday 6th December
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Great looking machine, very racey in the bare carbon. There is certainly a fashion for natural black carbon on cars these day, I do wonder whether it's going to seem very dated in a few years time.

It appears to be on Alfa 156 wheels.


vincegail

2,002 posts

91 months

Thursday 6th December
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kambites said:
How well would such a surface stand up to stone-chips? Is every owner simply going to end up covering that lovely bare carbon in a plastic film to protect it? biggrin
Carbon fibre is higher on the Mohs' scale of hardness than resin and lacquer, so it will suffer from stone chips less than either one of them smile

Gandahar

6,013 posts

64 months

Thursday 6th December
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"This is an extremely sensitive process; one stroke too many...."


Why did they not call it the Koenigsegg Kircumcision?


Missed a trick there. If I had the money I would have bought it just for that.

sperm