Christian von Koenigsegg Drives A Tesla
You would think that being Christian von Koenigsegg would mean starting the day by deciding whether to exit the garage in a 2016 Koenigsegg Regera or a 2015 Koenigsegg One:1. Surprisingly though, that isn’t the case. Sitting inside his garage is a Tesla Model S that he apparently uses as a daily driver. He received first Model S in the summer of 2013, and believes it was the first or second delivered in Sweden.
In a recent Q&A, CvK spoke of his first impression of that Model S, and how it inspired him in the creation of the Regera.
“It is one of the best driving experiences ever, which is saying a lot for something that is supposed to be a normal car.” He went on to say that “the response is electrifying,” and “almost better than a Formula One engine because it is so instantaneous.”
It may come as a bit of a shock that Christian drives an American-made EV and genuinely likes it. He even aspired to reach the same level of instant performance in the Regera, but unfortunately couldn’t. It just isn’t something that can be achieved with the traditional combustion engine, given current technology. That may be the case now, but we look forward to seeing what innovations he comes up with in the future.
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Why it matters
The drawback of the Model S is its inability to provide continuous performance. Tesla pushes the limits of battery technology well, but, it still can’t compete with ICEs or hybrids over long range at maximum speed. Imagine what it will be like 10 years down the road when battery technology has evolved to a new level. I envision something like the One:1, but instead of being propelled by an internal combustion engine, it would have electric motors.
They could be sequenced to deliver equal amounts of power to each rear wheel, or maybe it would bring about the first AWD Koenigsegg with one mounted in the front and one in the rear. Given CvK’s reaction to the instantaneous power of the Model S, there is no doubt in my mind that he will take advantage of the technology when it becomes available.
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