Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

The Koenigsegg Agera RS Is Now the Fastest Production Car Ever Made

The Koenigsegg Agera RS Is Now the Fastest Production Car Ever Made

The world of cars has a new top trump after the Koenigsegg Agera RS smashed the record for the world's fastest production auto.

You can watch both high-speed runs in the video above, which was posted on YouTube by Julian Thomas.

He on Saturday drove the customer-owned machine to a new record of 277.9 miles per hour on a closed 12-mile section of Highway 160 just outside of Pahrump, Nevada.

The Agera RS clocked an average speed of 277.9mph over the two runs, easily beating the 2010 record of 267.8mph that was set by a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

This means the vehicle has dethroned the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, the magazine says, which set the previous record with a speed of 268mph in 2010.

That record had been held by a Hennessey Venom GT which was recorded at 270.5mph in 2014. The fastest top speed for the auto during the event was 284 miles per hour with the other run ringing in at a top speed of 272 miles per hour.

Koenigsegg's factory test driver Niklas Lija drove Agera RS with its 1,144bhp, 5.0-litre turbo V8 to set the new record. The closure was set to be in place for two days but the Koenigsegg team broke the record early on the first day. After recently toppling Bugatti's impressive zero to 249 miles per hour to zero record, the team tackled the overall top speed record in Nevada.

All that remains is for the world speed record, which was recorded and verified by Racelogic, to be officially recognised. It's so fast in fact that it can accelerate from 0-249mph and back to 0 in just 36.44 seconds. 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.

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