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Koenigsegg Agera RS becomes the FASTEST car in the world with 458km/h top speed


* 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.

Koenigsegg Agera RS
The high-speed runs were made on a public road, on a closed section of Highway 160 near Pahrump, Nevada, in the United States. (Credit: Koenigsegg)

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.

Koenigsegg Agera RS
Calculated using an average of two runs, one in either direction. The record speed achieved is 446.97 km/h (Credit: Koenigsegg)

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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.

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.

Factory driver, Niklas Lilja (3rd from the Left) said he wasn’t nervous but his only concern was the tyre

“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

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[Featured photo: Koenigsegg]

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