Koenigsegg's Agera RS is now the world's fastest auto

Angelica Greene
November 7, 2017

After a couple of long runs down a closed Nevada desert highway, Koenigsegg factory test driver Niklas Lilja managed to clock the fastest speed recorded for a production vehicle.

Last month the Koenigsegg Agera RS broke the world record for the fastest time for 0 to 400 km/h and now the supercar has broken another record. Towards the end of the second run, the Agera RS even surpasses 450 km/h - close to the speed of a small aircraft. It was commented that the tyres still looked brand new after the runs, but Michelin are now working on a more capable tyre, which will be used by Bugatti to test the true top speed of the Chiron, which is now limited to 261mph.

The French carmaker originally set the record for a test they invented in just 42 secs, adds the newspaper, but this was quickly beaten by the Koenigsegg Agera RS's time of 36 secs. You know, the Raging Bull that used to hold the Nurburgring production vehicle record (the supercar set a lap time of 6:52) before the Porsche 911 GT2 RS grabbed it.

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The auto hit 272 miles per hour on its first run and 284.3 miles per hour on its second run. The uphill gradient and strong headwinds Lilja faced makes the runs all the more impressive.

The video shows both runs: one with a top speed of about 438km/h, the other way up there at 457km/h. The tires that were used are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and Michelin reps were on hand to be sure everything was good with the tires.

Koenigsegg Agera RS test driver spoke of how while he wasn't apprehensive, he did worry a little about one of the tyres bursting along the way.

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