The Koenigsegg Agera RS breaks another high-speed record

NOVEMBER 6, 2017

There are fast cars and then there are FAST cars. Volkswagen division Bugatti has held a couple of crazy land speed records for a while until Christian von Koenigsegg’s company decided to put an end to Bugatti being on the top step of the podium. If money is absolutely no object, then there will be Bugatti owners trading in their Chrion’s and Veyron’s for the Keonisegg Agera RS. Unfortunately for us, you’ll either need to hire your own stretch of long straight road, or take your car to Nevada to imitate this run – then again if the Northern Territory government lifts the speed limit, then perhaps there would be an opporutiny.

From my colleagues at autoweek, have a look at the video but make sure you watch both runs.

“It looks like the Koenigsegg Agera RS is now the fastest production car in the world. After recently toppling Bugatti’s impressive zero to 249 mph to zero record, the team tackled the overall top speed record in Nevada. According to the video, the Koenigsegg Agera RS topped out at 284 mph on its second run — averaging 277.9 mph after both runs.

While that itself is kind of shocking, watching the run from driver’s perspective is intense. The above video shows just that and features Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja hitting nearly 300 mph. Of course, the video is not nearly as thrilling as what it must have felt like to hit those speeds, but it is interesting to see the 270-plus mph.

Last month, Bugatti set an acceleration and deceleration record, taking the Chiron hypercar from a dead stop to 248.5 mph (400 km/h) then back to a stop again in a mind-bending 42 …

For those out of the loop, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8-powered Swedish hypercar. Responsible for sending the power to the pavement was reportedly a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires — the standard tire for the Agera — which seemed to survive the high-speed stint without a hitch.

According to Jim Lau from Racelogic — the folks who helped verify the speed with various VBox data loggers — the event was actually put on by Koenigsegg owners. Lau also said that, since the event wasn’t a tightly embargoed automaker event, some misinformation was leaking throughout the day — like a reported top speed of 291 mph. The team later crunched the numbers and found out that the number was simply a glitch.

Regardless of glitches, the run is incredible to watch. Check it out above.”

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