Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Koenigsegg Agera RS sets highest speed world record for production vehicle

Koenigsegg Agera RS sets highest speed world record for production vehicle

The record was set Saturday on a closed 11-mile stretch of Nevada State Road 160 outside Las Vegas.

As the on-board footage shows, the task was easily handled - the mesmerizing video with the record-breaking attempt showing the company's factory driver, Niklas Lilja, pushing the 1,360-horsepower hypercar to around 272 miles per hour (437.7 kph) during the first run and an impressive 284.3 miles per hour (457.5 kph) during the second run. At its test run in Nevada, US, Koenigsegg's Agera RS clocked 277.9mph (447kmph) on public roads, making it officially the fastest vehicle in the world as of today.

The Bugatti Chiron is its closest rival with a top speed of 261mph, although Bugatti claims it has the potential to hit 310mph in the future. Previously, it was reported that the Koenigsegg Agera RS blocked record Bugatti Chiron for acceleration up to 400 km/h and further stop. This may make the Agera RS the world's fastest street legal production auto. The Koenigsegg reportedly ran standard Michelin Pilot Cup 2s.

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

Before the Agera RS hit its new high, Guinness World Record recognised the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport as the fastest production vehicle.

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The Agera RS is built around a lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb monocoque structure and is powered by a 5-litre twin-turbo V8 that pelts out 1014kW and 1371Nm.

On its first run, the £1.5 million Agera RS hit 271.1mph, hitting 284.7mph on its second run.

We'll be there to bring you breaking news if the Venom F5 does manage to crack through that barrier.

It turns out the Koenigsegg Agera RS is quite fast.

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