Koenigsegg is moving towards electric propulsion in its hypercar line and has now also announced its first, state-of-the-art Quark EV motor as a part of that transition period.
As with many other Koenigsegg innovations, like the 600-horsepower 3-cylinder Freevalve engine within the upcoming Gemera, their electric transition brings something that matches perfectly into their unique and superior requirements.
The aforementioned Quark motor uses a design that Koenigsegg calls “raxial flux“. The motor is meant to scale back the balance between the facility benefits of a radial flow motor design and therefore the torque advantages of an axial flow motor design.
The advantage of this design approach is that it creates an engine with a perfect balance of torque and power, which needs simpler transmission to cut back power output, save weight and reduce operating losses.
Torque of over 600 Nm
The result’s a compact engine capable of manufacturing up to 335 horsepower and torque of over 600 Nm, with a weight of just 66 pounds. It is designed to be paired with David’s state-of-the-art 6-phase inverter to form the Terrier drive unit, which actually combines two Quark motors side by side to make an incredibly compact drive unit with vector torque capable of developing as many as 670 horsepower.
Koenigsegg claims that it’s the drive unit with the densest power/torque and vector/torque within the electric vehicle industry.
“Small, high-speed engines may have a higher peak power to weight ratio, but they need transmission in most applications to achieve the desired speed and torque output, causing energy loss and increasing weight and complexity to do the same job.” says Christian von Koenigsegg, the company’s CEO.
Quark’s “raxial flux” design helps eliminate this problem by compromising power and torque within the basic design of the engine.
“The Quark is meant to spice up the Gemara low-speed range, where you would like it, for brutal acceleration. ICE then focuses on the high-speed range. What this implies in terms of performance for the Gemer may be a large power shock followed by endless record acceleration of up to 400 km / h with no loss of torque or power, “says Dragos-Mihai Postariu, motor design manager at Koenigsegg.
Photos of Koenigsegg’s new motor next to a 330ml beverage can show how small the Quark motor actually is for its power output.
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