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Trevor Collett | Mar, 10 2015 | 2 Comments

Koenigsegg has only just revealed its new Regera hypercar at the Geneva Motor Show, but the carmaker is already reportedly considering an all-new project.

Speaking with Top Gear UK, boss Christian von Koenigsegg is said to have hinted at plans to build another hypercar - this time with four doors.

Von Koenigsegg said a four-door model was something he could “imagine”, and that the new offering could come about within the next five years.

The company boss also shared his vision for a new powerplant that could power the four-door and other models, outlining plans to build an engine with no camshafts.

“The way I see it, if you view the engine as a piano, and the valves as keys, with a camshaft, you're playing the piano with a broomstick," Mr von Koenigsegg said.

“The reason you have a four-valve cylinder head instead of a two-valve is so it can breathe freely on high RPM for more power, but that's counteracting your efforts at low rpm, because you get less speed through bigger ports and less turbulence and poorer distribution.”

The new Regera's powerplant
The new Regera's powerplant

Essentially, von Koenigsegg’s plan involves shutting off two valves, and controlling throttle response through the valves rather than a throttle body using butterflies.

Cylinders could then be shut off (“like Audi is doing”, von Koenigsegg said) and have limitless variable valve timing without the restriction of a camshaft profile.

This isn’t an idea that came to von Koenigsegg in the bath last week, as the company boss says he has been working on it for 14 years.

A team of eight at Koenigsegg continues to work on the plan now, and von Koenigsegg says he is working with a couple of mainstream carmakers to further develop the technology with a view to releasing it in the next few years.

Koenigsegg Regera
Koenigsegg Regera

Beyond four-door models and engines without camshafts, the company boss hosed down claims that Koenigsegg would build a Porsche 911 rival, saying the 911, McLaren 650S and Ferrari 458 segment was a “a hornet’s nest which I want to stay well away from”.

"Everyone is trying to kill each other - I'm happy way out here, away from that in my little blue ocean,” Mr von Koenigsegg said.

“I'm not interested in getting into that fight. Yes, we could [compete], but I'm not interested."

Another Koenigsegg hypercar, the One:1 (pictured, top of page), will take to the Nurburgring in the European summer to attempt the all-time circuit lap record.

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