Koenigsegg has just finished painstakingly building – for one very lucky customer – an example of one of its hypercars without any sort of paint or clearcoat on it.
Per the customer’s specs, the bare carbon-fibre body has instead simply been polished to a glossy shine. Damn.
The “naked” car weighs 20 kg (44 lbs) less than a standard painted one.
“[The carbon-fiber parts] have their epoxy layer removed and are then polished to a raw carbon state, a very delicate process involving both sanding and polishing,” explains Koenigsegg on its website. “The margin for error is extremely fine and can result in either a perfect, high-luster finish or ruined threads of exposed carbon fiber.”
Officially dubbed the KNC Regera, for “Koenigsegg Naked Carbon,” it was specially built for its new owner in Switzerland. Koenigsegg has used this bare-carbon process before on things like the interior trim pieces, but never for any exterior parts of the car.
To make sure the exterior could withstand any environment, they actually tested parts by leaving them outside for years. Yes, years.
Although the Regera is a sold-out vehicle, the Swedish brand is still building cars for customers, as they are a fairly small company with only a handful of employees. The car costs six figures to begin with, and while the final price for this one was not released to the public, we’re guessing it was not cheap.
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