Ruler Regera

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The Regera is mad genius Christian von Koenigsegg’s entry into the hybrid hypercar battle with Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche. Perhaps due to the fact that his competition is well established as the best in the world, the Swede wants to make a statement. To this end, the Regera comes with a combined 1500 horsepower and 1500 lb/ft of torque from its twin turbocharged 5 litre V8 and 3 electric motors. If you don’t take the differing power bands of the two systems into account, it has 1800. That’s the power of two P1s, and the Regera only weighs 200 lbs more. Even the track versions of the P1, 918 and LaFerrari can’t touch it for power. Imagine if (when) Koenigsegg builds a Regera R!

The Regera has all the usual Koenigsegg innovations like hollow carbon fibre wheels and triplex suspension (a third shock absorber horizontally connected to the top of the one on each rear wheel). However, it also has some features that have never been seen on a production road car. Its Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD) system has only one gear, and uses the electrics for propulsion under 30 mph. After that, the hydraulic coupling that links the gasoline engine to the electric system locks, and wheel speed rises proportionally with engine speed. Koenigsegg calls the Regera the world’s first fully roboticized car, which is a fancy way of saying that the body panels are on hydraulic arms and car be opened remotely from your smartphone. Which is nice.

Just as impressive as the Regera’s 255 mph top speed is the fact that Koenigsegg is such a young company that has done so much. Horacio Pagani may mill his own wheel nuts from solid titanium but Christian von Koenigsegg (along with the many talented people he employs) designs and builds his own engines, wheels, transmissions and more.  He’s an Elon Musk type figure, but where Musk wants to save the environment and help humankind leave earth (becoming astronomically wealthy in the process), von Koenigsegg just wants to go as fast as possible in the coolest car possible. The cutting edge of road car innovation today has 1800 horsepower and will do 255 mph.

Posted @Whippstagram on Instagram, Jan 27th 2016

Ruler Regera

Faszinating: Ruf CTR Yellowbird

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The Ruf CTR Yellowbird. With a top speed of 211 mph it was faster than both the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959. It’s a very special car.

Ruf used the body shell from the 964 Carerra 3.2, replacing panels and much of the car’s innards with lighter pieces to save 411lb of speed-robbing weight. The rain gutters were shaved off and a modified spoiler added in the quest for aerodynamic perfection. A roll cage was installed as were upgraded suspension and braking systems to (hopefully) keep everything under control.

Handling aside, the Yellowbird really shone in the powertrain department. Powered by a highly tuned and twin-turbocharged version of the Carerra 3.2’s flat six, it made 469 horsepower. There were rumours at the time that Ruf was deliberately understating this figure to avoid scaring off prospective buyers. No transmission in a Porsche road car could handle that kind of power, so Ruf designed their own custom unit. Early prototypes were so powerful that they were known to spin their rims inside the tires, which must be quite a pleasant problem to have as a car manufacturer.

The Yellowbird starred in an early example of viral video. In one of the best displays of driving skill you’re ever likely to see, Ruf test driver and superhuman Stefan Roser wrestles the CTR around the Nurburgring smoking the tires through every corner and overtaking motorcycles while drifting. Watch it here and be in awe: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=emKKNKPJq0k

Posted @Whippstagram on Instagram, Jan 6th 2016

Faszinating: Ruf CTR Yellowbird