Koenigsegg Agera RS crushes Bugatti's production auto speed record
00:15, Nov 8, 2017
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The world of cars has a new top trump after the Koenigsegg Agera RS smashed the record for the world's fastest production vehicle. It achieved a two-way average of 270.49mph on Valentine's Day in 2014. The above video shows just that and features Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja hitting almost 300 miles per hour.
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. At the time, it narrowly took the record from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which had recorded a 269.86mph time. The fastest top speed for the auto during the event was 284 miles per hour with the other run ringing in at a top speed of 272 miles per hour. After recently toppling Bugatti's impressive zero to 249 miles per hour to zero record, the team tackled the overall top speed record in Nevada.
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.
The factory spec Agera RS he was driving has a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which produces 1,360bhp, 1,011 lb ft of torque.
The French carmaker originally set the record for a test they invented in just 42 secs, adds the newspaper, but this was quickly beaten by the Koenigsegg Agera RS's time of 36 secs.
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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