277mph Koenigsegg Agera RS is the new fastest vehicle in the world

by Ben Pena November 8, 2017, 0:15
277mph Koenigsegg Agera RS is the new fastest vehicle in the world

This very same auto was stretched to its Earth-scorching limits by factory test driver Niklas Lilja on Saturday, along an 11-mile (17.7 km) piece of public highway near Las Vegas on Saturday that had been shut down by Nevada authorities for the attempt.

Factory driver Niklas Lilja was the man behind the wheel. It managed the feat in 37.28 seconds, 26.88 seconds of which were used to reach the top speed of 400 km/h (249 mph).

Even the much lower average was high enough to eclipse the record set by Bugatti's Veyron 16.4 Super Sport in 2010, itself a blistering 431 km/h (268 mph). Guiness World Records iniitally recalled its status, but later re-instated the Veyron to the top spot after an investigation where it stated "a change to the speed limiter does not alter the fundamental design of the auto or its engine".

Another challenger is the recently revealed Venom F5 from America's Hennessey.

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Bugatti and Hennessy are both taking their flagship vehicles (Chiron and Venom F5) out next year to have a go at the world record for the top speed. With 1,600 horsepower on tap, the Hennessey's actually the most powerful here.

For those out of the loop, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8-powered Swedish hypercar. They had the full blessing of Koenigsegg.

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

The test was then carried out using Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres which are the tyres the Koenigsegg is sold with and are authorised for use on the road.


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