Hot on the heels of smashing the world record for the fastest production car to accelerate from 0 to 400km/h and brake to a standstill, Koenigsegg is back at it again with a new record for the world’s fastest production car.
The record attempt was carried out on a closed-off 12 mile (19km) stretch of Nevada State Route 160 near Pahrump in the United States. Koenigsegg test driver Niklas Lilja was tasked to take a Koenigsegg Agera RS to its top speed on two separate runs.
In the first run the Agera RS hit an incredible 284 mph (457 km/h), faster than the previous world record of 268 mph (431 km/h) set by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport in 2010. The Swedish supercar hit a slightly slower 277.2 mph (446 km/h) run in the second stint. Both runs were verified by two RaceLogic Vbox data loggers for accuracy. Taking the average of the two speed attempts works out to be 277.9 mph (444.6 km/h), a new world record!
A Koenigsegg Agera RS driven by factory driver Niklas Lilja has recorded a 2-way avg speed of 444.6 km/h (277.9 mph). A new world record! pic.twitter.com/FXUjKpTW1q
— Koenigsegg Official (@koenigsegg) November 4, 2017
As two runs were conducted and the top speeds were averaged, the feat is eligible for entry into the Guinness World Records.
The Agera RS is powered by a twin turbo aluminum 5.0-litre V8 engine. Equipped with the optional “1MW” package, the Agera RS tasked with this challenge produces, as the name suggests, 1MW of power and a monstrous 1,371Nm of torque.
Watch the Koenigsegg Agera RS record-breaking top speed run in the video below.