Koenigsegg sets new highest speed world record for production vehicle in US

Tuesday, 07 Nov, 2017

Koenigsegg said on its official Twitter account that an Agera RS driven by its factory driver Niklas Lilja had recorded a two-way average speed of 277.9mph (447.1km/h).

The Agera RS clocked an average speed of 277.9mph over the two runs, easily beating the 2010 record of 267.8mph that was set by a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

There was some question over whether it could retain its Guinness World Record due to certain vehicle modifications, but it was allowed to hold the title until the Koenigsegg took it. Previously, it was reported that the Koenigsegg Agera RS blocked record Bugatti Chiron for acceleration up to 400 km/h and further stop.

The first run, conducted on an 11-mile section of closed road in Las Vegas hit 284.55mph in one direction, while a second run in the opposite direction managed a top speed of 271.19mph.

The 1000kW/1371Nm Koenigsegg still had more potential though, something Lilja seemed to know quite well, as he went back for another run.

To hit these incredible speeds, the Agera RS is built using a lightweight carbon fiber body and an aluminum honeycomb monocoque structure.

Koenigsegg's records may not be safe for long, as Hennessey is claiming that its new Venom F5 may be able to approach 300 miles per hour. The Koenigsegg reportedly ran standard Michelin Pilot Cup 2s. "All data recorded and verified on site by Racelogic". It recently announced that the successor to the Venom GT, the 1600-bhp Venom F5, could break the 300-mph limit.

Koenigsegg Agera RS test driver spoke of how while he wasn't apprehensive, he did worry a little about one of the tyres bursting along the way.