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Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Koenigsegg Agera RS crushes Bugatti's production vehicle speed record

Koenigsegg Agera RS crushes Bugatti's production vehicle speed record

Koenigsegg's attempt at the word record took place on an 11-mile section of the road between between Las Vegas and Pahrump in the Nevada desert that was specially closed by the authorities.

The group of aficionados who accompanied Koenigsegg in the said adventure was obviously larger, as, for instance, the Agera RS used for the record was a privately owned vehicle.

Last month, Bugatti set an acceleration and deceleration record, taking the Chiron hypercar from a dead stop to 248.5 miles per hour (400 km/h) then back to a stop again in a mind-bending 42. On Saturday, factory driver Niklas Lilja reached 277.9 miles per hour (447.1km/h) in one of the company's Agera RS hypercars. It is powered by a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces 865kW and upto 1280Nm of torque and just 25 of the hand-built Swedish machines will be built. Earlier in October, Koenigsegg took another record from Bugatti, smashing the 0-400-0 km/h record. 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 miles per hour.

All that remains is for the world speed record, which was recorded and verified by Racelogic, to be officially recognised. With Lilja behind the wheel, the Agera RS managed to go from 0 to 401.78 kph (249.65 mph) and back to 0 in just 33.87 seconds.

No matter what, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is unofficially the world's fastest 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.

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