Koenigsegg beats Bugatti's speed record

Koenigsegg beats Bugatti's speed record

The world of cars has a new top trump after the Koenigsegg Agera RS smashed the record for the world's fastest production vehicle. Part of that speed verification is in video form below.

That accolade came thanks to the Swedish missile hitting 447 km/h (make that 277.9 mph), a feat that took place in Pahrump, NV.

On its first run the Koenigsegg registered a top speed of 271.2mph, beating the Veyron even while battling an incline and oncoming winds. At the same time, I'm extremely jealous of the pure, unfiltered speed driver Niklas Lilja must have felt.

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The vehicle was driven by Koenigsegg's test driver Niklas Lilja on a closed road, topping out at 457.9km/h in the more favourable direction.

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.

This means the auto has dethroned the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, the magazine says, which set the previous record with a speed of 268mph in 2010. For now the Agera RS holds the world production speed record.

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Koenigsegg also claims to have set another record on the day.

Special mention should be made regarding the tires the Agera RS was running. The Agera RS is powered by a 5.0 lite V8 engine which is turbo charged, it has a massive 1,380 horsepower. It recently announced that the successor to the Venom GT, the 1600-bhp Venom F5, could break the 300-mph limit.

Before confirming that "it was over by lunch on day one", the brand responded to journalists on Twitter to confirm that it had completed the run using the "standard fitment" Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tyres.

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