KOENIGSEGG REGERA GETS NAKED WITH A CARBON FIBRE EXTERIORDate: 2018-12-06
Back in 2017, the Koenigsegg Regera reached a sell out status, however, the company has finally built its first model with a so-called "naked carbon" exterior.
Looking downright sexy, the car's carbon fibre body does not have any lacquer, varnish or alternative coating covering its carbon fibre surfaces. The company is so focused on the naked design that they have decided to remove the thin layer of epoxy that normally covers the carbon fibre. This was done by hand polishing and Koenigsegg notes that this is a delicate process as even "one stroke too many will ruin the visible weave structure."
Koenigsegg states that the finishing touch gives the Regera a striking look as the car has a "more metallic graphite appearance as each graphite strand is now fully exposed" – sounds a bit like the Koenigsegg Regera might end up making panties drop! The company also noted the car is now cold to the touch as people will feel pure carbon fibre instead of an insulating layer of epoxy or lacquer.
Despite sounding like a delicate flower, the naked carbon exterior can stand up to the elements. As Koenigsegg explained, they subjected several samples to the sun and heat of summer as well as the cold and wet of winter. The samples were kept outside for several years and this didn't affect their appearance. As a result, the company felt confident enough in the naked carbon finish to use it on a full car.
While the model does not have a protective layer of epoxy, Koenigsegg says this might end up benefiting the Regera as the car is "much less sensitive to stone chips and sharp objects causing scratches." The lack of material also helps to Regera to weigh approximately 44 lbs (20 kg) less than a model that has been painted.
According to CEO Christian von Koenigsegg, "It's not unusual for a customer to specify their car with visible carbon fibre. It's a beautiful material from a visual perspective and our customers love to show what the car is made from." However, he went on to say that naked carbon "takes the idea of visible carbon fibre to a whole new level, revealing a beautiful luster and a very silky finish."