Koenigsegg Broke the Land Speed Record With Its Agera RS

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Koenigsegg comes zooming at a dumfounding average speed of 277.87 mph

Speed is something very dangerous yet equally exciting. The sound of an accelerating engine is stimulating. Isn’t it? The most acclaimed car manufacturers have always wanted to achieve maximum recorded speed with their mean machines. Super cars? Vroom… It is time for hyper cars!  Big names like Bugatti, Tesla, and Lucid Motors, McLaren and Hennessey have already recorded top notch speeds. And, then Koenigsegg comes zooming at a dumfounding average speed of 277.87 mph! Yes, you heard that correct. That’s around 447 km/h on a public highway in Nevada, thanks to The State’s Department of Transportation for granting the permit and elaborate planning of more than a year.

Rolling by a few facts

  • Tesla Model S had initially touched top speed of 155 mph.
  • Lucid Air shattered the record by claiming an average speed of 235 mph.
  • In 2010, Bugatti Chiron achieved an average speed of 268 mph. That’s 0-400 km/h at 42 seconds.
  • In Nov 2017, Koenigsegg closed an 11 mile stretch and set up the “World Land Speed Record” at a whooping 277.87 mph average speed. That means that Koenigsegg Agera RS now rules the roster with a record of 0-400 km/h at 37 seconds.

Now, to drive a car at that speed, it needs balls of steel. So, the factory driver of this Swedish beast machine deserves to be lauded too. It was Niklas Lilja behind the wheel, guiding the machine at unmatched velocity. Niklas completed the first run at 284.55 mph and the second at 272 mph, to set a new world record of 277.87 mph as average speed. Though, 284.55 mph is the official fastest speed, Agera RS reached.

Quick rundown of records set by Niklas

  • Record for the highest speed in a single direction on a public road – 284.55 mph
  • Record for the fastest 0-400 km/h run – 33.29 seconds
  • Record for the highest average speed for a mile with a flying start on a public road – 276.36 mph
  • Record for the highest average speed for a flying kilometer on a public road – 276.9 mph

Fun Factthe last two records were unbeaten since 1938. Nazi engineers set those with a modified Mercedes W125.

The Koenigsegg Agera RS was flaunting Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires

Apparently, the Koenigsegg Agera RS was flaunting Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. So, Eric Schmedding, the product manager for Michelin woke up at 5 am on the day of the performance to monitor the tires this Swedish beast wore to battle. He was quoted saying that with 300 mph mark being easily reachable, it is a big game now, and fast moving too with a fierce competition.

About the car

The record setter Agera RS had a 1,360 – horsepower, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. It has a power to weight ratio almost near to the Koenigsegg One: 1 model. The car weighs just 3,095 pounds (1,395 kilos). Well, that weight is excluding the safety cage used while doing the records. But above all, it was adjusted for down force aimed at being able to cut through the air quicker, thereby achieving top speed.

 

Automobile manufacturers are striving to build faster cars without compromising on the quality, safety and other aspects

Finally, it’s only a matter of time. Automobile manufacturers are striving to build faster cars without compromising on the quality, safety and other aspects. Until then, grab a coffee and wait to see what is next in their kitty.

 

 

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