We make a journey to The Lewis Motor Assortment aka Zach’s Storage to spend the day with SCD member Zach and his spectacular bespoke Koenigsegg Regera.
When did you first hear concerning the Regera?
The timeline is a bit odd as a result of we ordered a Regera earlier than we even thought of shopping for an Agera. The Agera took place in a single afternoon when somebody mentioned there was a automobile in Japan and requested if we needed it. With the Regera, me and my dad went to Geneva and we needed to purchase one thing extra on the trendy aspect as a spectacle of the automobile assortment. I informed my dad I had been round Koenigsegg and met a couple of Koenigsegg homeowners, so we should always take a look at Koenigsegg.
So, we had a take a look at Koenigsegg, and we additionally had a take a look at Bugatti and Pagani, however the truth that, as quickly as you stroll onto the Koenigsegg stand, you’ve bought Christian saying good to satisfy you, right here’s a drink, you’re chatting with everybody and immediately, earlier than you’ve even thought of shopping for a automobile, you are feeling so welcome, and that was such an awesome factor. It was like wow, it is a firm that actually is fixated on making relationships so essential.
I feel we ordered about seven vehicles that day, the Regera and a few smaller stage vehicles, and within the morning, we awakened and went, god we’ve bought to cancel some orders! The one automobile we didn’t cancel was the Koenigsegg as a result of, for some purpose, on a drunk night it appeared like a smart thought, and right here it’s.
What attracted you to Koenigsegg over different manufacturers?
It was extra the actual fact of the household side of it. We’ve been round Bugattis, buddies have had Bugattis, buddies have had Paganis, nevertheless it was very very similar to shopping for from an organization. The transient expertise we had earlier than we purchased the Regera was most undoubtedly that it is a household and also you’re investing right into a relationship in addition to a automobile.
With these kind of vehicles, you wish to have a relationship with the proprietor, but in addition the individuals who make them. To have the ability to name the manufacturing facility at any time when and have a pleasant dialog, and even name Christian, I don’t know some other firm like that. You possibly can’t precisely name Bugatti and communicate to the proprietor of the corporate and have relationship with them, in order that was a giant consider selecting Koenigsegg.
How lengthy did you personal the Agera R for?
We owned the Agera for about two years. We purchased it in December 2017 as a result of we had the Regera coming and we needed to be part of the Koenigsegg household, so it was extra to be invested into the social aspect of it.
Vmax was fairly an attention-grabbing one with the Agera as a result of I had by no means accomplished prime velocity occasions, none of our household had and we didn’t have something actually quick earlier than the Agera. Supervettura approached us and requested if we needed to go alongside, and we had been a bit of cautious, however we went alongside to it and it slowly changed into a contest between Koenigsegg homeowners of who might get the quickest prime velocity. The One:1 held the document and, at that time, I used to be 18 years previous and I didn’t assume I’d be even driving it, not to mention attempting to set a document. I had Adam from SCD within the automobile with me at 230mph and that was fairly outrageous, that was one thing I’ll always remember.
What’s the Koenigsegg shopping for expertise like?
I might say surreal. It’s an extended course of; it doesn’t take a day to construct these items, and so they’re very open about that. There are going to be
80 vehicles, so it’s not like for those who go over to Ferrari and so they’re constructing a thousand of them, and there are even 500 Chirons. So, they let you know the wait is 2 years and there’s probability it’s going to be extra due to R&D and a number of issues, and that’s earlier than you even spec the automobile. So, relying in your choices, it might take two years or it might take seven years, as a result of every part is bespoke.
Our automobile took round three years, partially due to the extent we went to on the spec. We went over to Sweden a few occasions to attempt to refine each nut and bolt, actually. We had color samples of bolts to attempt to get them the precise gold, the wheels took a month or two to make excellent by way of getting the precise pattern and the blue took perpetually. To get all of it as one took a very long time, nevertheless it was 100% value it.
When did you first drive the Regera?
It was the final time we went to finalise the spec of the automobile. The automobile was constructed and so they needed us to go over, tick all of it off and ensure every part was tremendous. You’re met on the manufacturing facility by Halldora and Christian, and when Halldora von Koenigsegg comes as much as you and says, “I can’t wait so that you can see your automobile”, that’s a second I used to be like wow, that is going to be one thing, it kind of clicked that that is the automobile we’ve waited a very long time for.
We went downstairs into the workshop and there it was, and I feel it took me about an hour to recover from it. I’ve by no means been speechless earlier than however seeing that for the primary time, I used to be genuinely blown away. I had no intention of driving the automobile, then Christian circled to me and mentioned, “Do you wish to drive it?”, and naturally I’m not going to show that down! He hopped within the automobile with me and we went on a 45 minute journey driving the Regera for the primary time.
I idolised Christian earlier than we had something to do with Koenigsegg, so to be sitting in your Regera with Christian von Koenigsegg, telling jokes and having fun, it was a second I’ll by no means ever neglect, it was so surreal.
Inform us concerning the automobile and the spec.
The automobile is a customized bespoke blue carbon with diamond within the lacquer accented by 24-carat gold traces that are hand utilized and it has
the bespoke blue Alcantara inside. It’s the primary Regera to have the drift sew sample on the seats, gold stitching, gold bolts, and every part that was chrome or darkish chrome is gold bar the centre console which is now gray. It’s the primary Koenigsegg to have gold wheels.
The automobile is producing round 1,800bhp. The hybrid battery provides about 700bhp and the inner combustion engine is 1,100, and as soon as it’s trickled down all the best way to the wheels, it’s operating 1,500bhp. 0-60 is I feel 2.Eight and prime velocity is over 250mph and it’s the quickest automobile to do zero to 250mph and again to zero in round 31.5 seconds. The factor to wrap your head round is that’s again to zero, so 0-250mph is one thing like 21 seconds, and we will likely be doing it at Vmax.
One of many nicest issues about Koenigseggs that they’ve at all times featured is which you could take the roof off. They are saying it takes one particular person however realistically, to be protected while you’re wielding a large piece of carbon fibre with gold in it, you’re going to have two individuals doing it, however you may take it off simply, put it within the entrance and also you’ve immediately bought a targa which is very nice. The one drawback is there’s no storage within the automobile, so for those who take the roof off and put it within the entrance you immediately lose all storage. We at all times joke saying that for those who see a Koenigsegg, typically you’ll see a Rolls Royce behind it following with the bags, as a result of you may’t put something in it bar a tiny little journey bag.
What’s it prefer to drive?
It’s nice, however to have individuals round you is a ache. What occurs is, individuals who don’t know what it’s wish to know what it’s and individuals who do know what it’s are even worse. So, you’re driving alongside on the motorway and you’ve got vans chopping you up, driving actually aggressively simply to get pictures, and clearly you don’t wish to simply say go away as a result of they’re passionate concerning the vehicles.
One factor that’s good about it although is the visibility. It takes loads of getting used to as a result of it’s like a fighter jet, however when you get used to it, it’s an expertise and personally I adore it. One factor that’s unusual for those who hop out of that and into one thing like a Pista, the cabin feels large within the Pista though the precise quantity of area is greater within the Koenigsegg, so you are feeling confined however you’ve loads of area.
When it comes to noise at 70mph, it’s minimal as you’re in all probability solely doing 2,000rpm in order that’s fairly unusual, nevertheless it’s beautiful as a result of for those who go on an extended journey, it’s actually nice while you cruise alongside, however while you put your foot down, the revs peak.
When did you first go full throttle?
The primary time we correctly went for it within the automobile, it was fairly unusual as a result of it wasn’t what I used to be anticipating. It was far more than I used to be anticipating. I used to be anticipating one thing just like the Agera which is immediately aggressive, pause for gearshift, then aggressive once more, so it provides you that split-second break. As a result of that is a lot quicker and there’s no gear change, you’re virtually begging for a gear change since you’re being pushed so laborious into your seat, and the quicker you go, it’s not prefer it peters off, it retains accelerating tougher and tougher and tougher. It’s the one automobile I’ve been in the place you get thrown into your seat after which pushed tougher. The gearshift in a standard automobile provides you some aid, however on this it’s relentless.
What are your future plans with the automobile?
When it comes to journeys and prime velocity runs, we wish to do stuff with SCD, as a result of we’ve by no means been capable of do a correct tour with you guys, so we 100% wish to try this and go from there actually. We’re very relaxed. Usually, if somebody says they’ve bought an occasion on subsequent Sunday, we’ll go, so long as it’s not in Sweden or Switzerland or someplace actually far, we’re fairly open. That’s why individuals who organise occasions get irritated with us as a result of they ask if we will come to this occasion in six months’ time and I say ask me the day earlier than and there’s probability I’ll come!
Is it a keeper?
It’s undoubtedly a keeper in the intervening time. We purchased this automobile to maintain and luxuriate in. Fortunately it isn’t mileage-dependent; I feel we did 8,000 miles in two years within the Agera, so this one we’re in all probability going to do extra.
There’s at all times going to be one thing prettier and quicker, so you discover one thing you like and also you keep it up, and I can’t see something being extra pleasurable than the Regera.
What has your SCD expertise been like?
We’ve been members now for 2 or three years now. I’ve at all times been sceptical of automobile golf equipment; we’ve hosted lots of of automobile golf equipment on the museum, all for charity, and so they’re all the identical, however after I was approached by Adam, it was very attention-grabbing as a result of it was as soon as once more, referring again to the Koenigsegg factor, extra of a family- based mostly factor.
I used to be calling Adam at 11 o’clock some nights chatting about occasions and issues like that, and so we had been debating becoming a member of and we thought, we’ve bought the gathering, they host wonderful occasions, and after they’re not internet hosting them, they’re turning as much as all of the occasions we had been at!
It means we will go to occasions with a complete new group of buddies and people who find themselves like-minded and it signifies that we get entry to stuff that we wouldn’t usually; even with a Koenigsegg you don’t get entry to sure issues, and SCD have at all times been spot on each time — there’s genuinely no different membership prefer it.
This function was taken from problem 37 of the SCD journal, you will get your individual copy utilizing the button under.