Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

The Koenigsegg Agera RS hit 284 miles per hour

Koenigsegg Agera RS The Koenigsegg Agera RS hit 284 miles per hour
Preston Stone | 08 November, 2017, 00:17

But Koenigsegg's record may not last long as two rival hypercars look set to pose a serious challenge to the Swedish hypercar's title of world's fastest auto. Of course, the video is not almost as thrilling as what it must have felt like to hit those speeds, but it is interesting to see the 270-plus miles per hour. Broken, too, was the unofficial street-legal vehicle speed record of 435.31 km/h (270.49 mph) set by the Hennessey Venom GT in 2014.

The owner of the Agera had used his connection in the film industry to convince Nevada authorities to shut down an 11-mile stretch of Highway 106, which runs between Las Vegas and the town of Pahrump, Top Gear reports.

Swedish high-performance auto manufacturer Koenigsegg has broken the top speed record for a production vehicle.

Factory driver Niklas Lilja, who completed the run, said: 'I wasn't nervous.

On its first run the Koenigsegg registered a top speed of 271.2mph, beating the Veyron even while battling an incline and oncoming winds.

The previous record was the 267.8 miles per hour set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2010. All data on the day was recorded and verified on site by Racelogic.

Hennessey is claiming its new Venom F5 may be able to break 300 miles per hour. The closure was set to be in place for two days but the Koenigsegg team broke the record early on the first day.

The Agera RS has a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing a staggering 1,380bhp.

To hit these incredible speeds, the Agera RS is built using a lightweight carbon fiber body and an aluminum honeycomb monocoque structure. Responsible for sending the power to the pavement was reportedly a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires - the standard tire for the Agera - which seemed to survive the high-speed stint without a hitch.

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