Manny Khoshbin has a commercial real estate portfolio in excess of 2-million sq. ft. across six U.S. states. He’s known as the billionaire of Orange County. He also loves to work with the biggest names in car manufacturing like Bugatti, Pagani, McLaren, Porsche, Mercedes, Rolls Royce and Koenigsegg to build bespoke, one-of-a-kind cars. The latest addition to his collection is a Koenigsegg Agera RS, known as Phoenix.
Koenigsegg Agera RS is the fastest production car on the planet. It has over 1400 horsepower and 1100 pound of downforce. This car was designed and built for the track, but you can still take it to a car meet and steal the show. The sad news is that Koenigsegg has officially announced they will no longer be making the Agera RS. They’ve already made a total of 25 cars as promised. The very last one built for Manny Khoshbin, the “Gryphon,” crashed at a track near Trollhattan while doing their shakedown testing. That one was replaced by a new model called Agera RS “Phoenix.”
You may wonder what makes Phoenix so special. Let’s start with a 24K gold exhaust, and over $130K in 24K gold all around the car, a $400K wing which produces over 1100 pound of downforce, $100K roof scoop and many more unique features that make it a 1 of 1 hypercar. Manny sometimes takes the Phoenix to local car shows and coffee meets. It definitely steals the show. The combination of black and shiny carbon fiber with pure gold creates an amazing contrast and is definitely one of my personal favorites.
Agera RS uses many of the advanced technologies that were developed when Koenigsegg started working on the “One:1 program,” a unique system where the horsepower and kilogram weight ratio is 1:1. This is any car maker’s dream but Christian von Koenigsegg made it a reality. Agera RS emerged from the shadow of their super popular One:1 car and became very sought after shortly after the announcement.
Some car enthusiasts are sad to see the Agera RS depart the production line but I’m excited to see what the next project will be. Koenigsegg’s full attention is now diverted to their brand new 1,479 bhp hybrid Regera. This car is Koenigsegg’s answer to Mclaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. The new beast would still use the famous 5.0-liter twin turbo V8 which is the same engine Agera RS used but Regera would have an additional three electric motors which make it a true hybrid hypercar, giving it the capability of reaching over 250 mph. Christian von Koenigsegg and his team are working hard to have the replacement car ready for a Geneva Motor Show in 2019.
Koenigsegg is an interesting car company. They do almost all their carbon fiber manufacturing which allowed them to be one of the first car manufacturers in the world to use a carbon fiber wheel on a production car. They were also the first car manufacturer to assemble their own ECU circuit board and develop their infotainment system. And they were the first company to use F1 battery cell technology in a road car which is quite amazing. The F1 cell pack von Koenigsegg is using for Regera weighs only 75 kg and should provide 20-30 miles of use. This is revolutionary for the industry and it needs to be in order to power the Yasa electric motors, located at each rear wheel. There are a total of three electric motors. One for the crank, which is responsible for recharging the battery and operating as a starter motor. This motor alone has about 220 bhp. Each rear motor contributes an additional 240 bhp, the three motors together produce more than 700 bhp of electric power which is similar to what you currently get with Tesla Model S P90D. This is more wattage than P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 combined.
You must be wondering what gearbox would be able to handle this insane amount of power. Christian von Koenigsegg bought a Tesla and really liked the fact that there was no gear to shift and how fun that driving experience was. He also didn’t miss shifting at all. He did some research and tried to find a partner who could make this for Regera but unfortunately, no one was able to deliver to his satisfaction so he decided to build it from scratch in-house. He called it Koenigsegg Direct Drive or KDD. This is a simple torque converter that allows clutch slip so both electric and combustion power engines are managed by one gear.
How fast does this beast go? It’s estimated the hypercar propels from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of over 250 miles per hour. Regera would get you from 90-155 mph in about 3.3 seconds which is unbelievable.
Regera shares a lot of similarities with Agera RS but the bodywork is new and it’s more aerodynamic. The heart of both hypercars is powered by the same engine which is very impressive. Regera is easy to operate and is designed to be a smoother ride than Agera RS. All you have to do is pull the right paddle to go forward, left for reverse and pull both to park. Regera is very much like a Tesla, but half a ton lighter and another 1000 bhp, as well as the best aerodynamics on the market. This is a hypercar that might wheelspin up to 150 miles per hour. Speed is great but it’s all about delivery. Koenigsegg is still working on removing some of the CVT feel that shows around 50 mph with the clutch locked, but this is truly an amazing hypercar which will sell out as soon as it’s released and showcased at Geneva Motor Show in 2019.