Forget Bugatti, Koenigsegg Agera becomes fastest auto in the world

Forget Bugatti, Koenigsegg Agera becomes fastest auto in the world

Forget Bugatti, Koenigsegg Agera becomes fastest auto in the world

Swedish auto maker Koenigsegg broke the record for the world's fastest production vehicle (which means that the vehicle is sold to consumers and legal to drive on public roads) on Saturday with its Agera RS, which hit an average speed of 277.9 miles per hour during two runs on a closed, 11-mile stretch of highway in Nevada, according to Top Gear. 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.

We'll update this post as we get more information, but preliminarily, it looks like the Agera RS is faster than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The above video shows just that and features Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja hitting almost 300 miles per hour.

The hypercar was driven on two runs in opposite directions of an 11-mile stretch of closed public highway between Las Vegas and Pahrump.

Last month, Bugatti set an acceleration and deceleration record, taking the Chiron hypercar from a dead stop to 248.5 miles per hour (400 km/h) then back to a stop again in a mind-bending 42. The closure was set to be in place for two days but the Koenigsegg team broke the record early on the first day.

All that remains is for the world speed record, which was recorded and verified by Racelogic, to be officially recognised.

Koenigsegg's factory test driver Niklas Lija drove Agera RS with its 1,144bhp, 5.0-litre turbo V8 to set the new record. 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).

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

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

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