A two-way average of 277.9mph makes the Koenigsegg Agera RS the fastest production car yet

Koenigsegg has broken the speed record for a production car after recording a two-way average speed of 277.9mph in the Agera RS

The run took place in Pahrump, Nevada, and breaks the previous record holder, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which recorded a speed just shy of 268mph in 2010.

Factory driver Niklas Lilja was behind the wheel for the run. 

Read more: Bugatti Chiron sets 0-400kph-0 record

Neither Koenigsegg nor Lilja are new to a record. Also driving the Agera RS, they recently broke the 0-400kph-0 record set just weeks earlier by Bugatti's Chiron.

Bugatti’s previous record of 41.96sec is 5.52sec slower than Koenigsegg’s, although Bugatti has yet to do a full top-speed run in the Chiron. Koenigsegg has also yet to fully demonstrate the top speed of its range-topping hypercar, the Regera

Although not yet officially confirmed, the Koenigsegg run was recorded and verified by Racelogic. 

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6 November 2017

to what is a tiny company that continues to produce astoundingly fast cars. Long may they continue.............

6 November 2017

Understand why customer allowed his car to be used - probably raised the value of that particular car by hundreds of thousands, even by as much as a million.Appears Koenigsegg's cars actually do work - probably however less refined than a Bugatti.I've heard that sitting in a Koenigsegg is bit of a raw experience, appealing to some, meaning you'd be even less likely to drive an one in traffic.

6 November 2017
Einarbb wrote:

Understand why customer allowed his car to be used - probably raised the value of that particular car by hundreds of thousands, even by as much as a million.Appears Koenigsegg's cars actually do work - probably however less refined than a Bugatti.I've heard that sitting in a Koenigsegg is bit of a raw experience, appealing to some, meaning you'd be even less likely to drive an one in traffic.

Raw experience? Any reviews I've read have been very complimentary of the ride quality and levels of fit and finish.

I'm sick listeing to talk of how much of a technical masterpiece the 'Bug is. It's only that complex because it's whole design is so flawed in the first place. The giant turbos pruduce only slightly less heat than the sun so there's about half a tonne of cooling required. What is it, 14 radiators?

The 'Egg is about a Caterham lighter and all the better for it. And it's not as if it's just chucked together or without technical merit itself. The carbon work is supposed to be incredible, it's so strong that it doesn't even need a roof, the engine is a amazing, it handles great and it looks sensational. What more can you ask? 

6 November 2017
jmd67 wrote:

I'm sick listeing to talk of how much of a technical masterpiece the 'Bug is. It's only that complex because...

The Bugatti is a technical masterpiece not because of it's speed, but because it can achieve that performance yet be as easy to use and as reliable as a Golf. Making a car fast is not difficult, what's difficult is making sure it will also start in minus temperatures, idle smoothly, not overheat in desert temperatures, run for 100,000+ miles without requiring rebuilds, have good NVH, etc., etc. That takes a lot of development work which equals time and money, something that cannot be overcome by however much enthusiasm or talent a small company may have.

6 November 2017

Wonder if this was at Spring Mountain Motor Sports Ranch, owned by an enthusiast who is building a place for people to have car-based fun, including a track longer than the ‘Ring.  Being in Nevada, the area offers alternative entertainments, such as Sheri’s Ranch (expensive), The Chicken Ranch Brothel ($250-$300 a shot), and The Alien Cathouse (charming).  Crowd-sourced reviews, needless to say.

6 November 2017

Yes.  Very well done Koenigsegg. Excellent to the the VW Bugatti stuffed!

6 November 2017

Just did some quick calcs, that road is at ~850 meters air density is only 92% of seal level.

Assuming that power on the car does not significantly drop off due to the turbo's being able to make up the pressure deficit I calculate that the Veyron Super Sport would be able to do around 275mph on that road.

This assumes that the engine doesn't hit the top line or move out of the power band in top gear (unlikely).

The Chiron top speed of 288mph is entirely credible if they can find the right tyres, on that road a top speed of around 296mph might be feasible!

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