The First Naked Carbon Fibre Koenigsegg Car
It’s what’s underneath that counts, they say. That’s certainly the case with the first KNC Koenigsegg Regera… What’s KNC? That’s Koenigsegg Naked Carbon, and, other than the fully automated bodywork that you can open with the touch of a button, it’s Koenigsegg’s way of saying beauty is more than skin deep.
The process to do that is tedious with one stroke too many ruining the visible weave structure under the epoxy. Koenigsegg says that the body of the car is cold to the touch thanks to the pure carbon material with no insulating epoxy or lacquer layer over the carbon underneath.
Just like those trendy Jade Rollers you see on Instagram, this unique carbon should be cold to touch as there’s no lacquer to insulate it. The, erm, lack of lacquer also saves weight; 20kg in comparison to a normal carbon bodied car with a paint job. Which – we can only assume – would make the Regera and its 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8, allied to an F1-spec battery pack, even quicker than its claimed 0-248mph in under 20 seconds acceleration time. And who can forget the rolling 93mph to 155mph in 3.2s.
Koenigsegg says that there are also additional benefits as, apparently, this finish is less likely to scratch and chip since the carbon is stronger than the normal epoxy. It also shouldn’t matter if you live in the Sahara or Antartica, as Koenigsegg has temperature tested them (by leaving panels outside for a few years before deciding to do a whole car exterior in the finish) to make sure they don’t become brittle in extreme conditions.
Exterior panels are sanded and then painted with a colour, a clear coat or a combination of the two.
Some under-hood carbonfibre parts have their epoxy layer polished, giving an effect similar to clear-coat paint.
Most under-hood and interior parts have their epoxy layer removed and are then polished to a raw carbon state; a very delicate process involving both sanding and polishing. The margin for error is extremely fine and can result in either a perfect, high-lustre finish or ruined threads of exposed carbonfibre.
“KNC takes the idea of visible carbon fibre to a whole new level, revealing a beautiful lustre and a very silky finish,” said Christian von Koenigsegg, CEO of Koenigsegg.
“The Koenigsegg philosophy has always been about exploring extremes. It’s great to extend that idea to a whole new way of finishing and presenting a car.”