* Koenigsegg Agera RS broke previous record set by Bugatti Veyron in 2010 to become the fastest production car ever
* Over two runs, it averaged a speed of 447km/h
* And hit a top speed of 458km/h
Records are made to be broken, but some records, especially those relating to land speeds are just too insane to think about. Which is why hitting a record-breaking average speed of 447km/h is an amazing feat for Koenigsegg – a little-known Swedish supercar outfit.
The Agera RS conveniently beat the 431km/h record set by Bugatti Veyron in 2010. Driven in two runs (in opposite directions to take factor out wind and slope effect) on a closed-off public road in the middle of Nevada forest, the Agera RS at one point reached a top speed of 284.5mph (457.8km/h) – a new speed record for a production car.
The automakers later went on Twitter later to boast about the new achievement, even though it is yet to be sanctioned by Guinness 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
What makes this makes this achievement particularly impressive is the fact that the challenge was completed by production car, on a public road using normal set of tyres – unlike Bloodhound SSC car that is aiming for 1609km/h (with the help of a fighter jet engine).
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is a street-legal car and provided you can afford it, you can drive it to the shops, take it to the salon and pretty-much anywhere else – something you cannot do with Bloodhound SSC.
Nikla Lilja, Factory driver who completed the run said: “I wasn’t nervous. The only hesitation was over the tyres, as you always know that something could happen.
“Driving the road at 100mph (160km/h), it is was very quiet and smooth. But at 280mph (450km/h) plus, it’s really quite bumpy.”
He added that they would want to improve the car by making it faster around the corners too, when asked what’s next for the Agera RS
[Featured photo: Koenigsegg]