Koenigsegg Actually Broke Five Records While In Nevada

As if breaking the production car top speed record wasn't enough, Koenigsegg also improved the 0-249-0mph time for the Agera RS, and bagged three other records...
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It seems Koenigsegg just can’t stop breaking records with the Agera RS right now. First it smashed the 0-400-0kmh (0-249mph) record Bugatti had set mere weeks before. Then it went to Nevada to clock an astonishing 277.9mph average over two runs on a closed road, in the process making the RS the fastest production car in the world. And while out there, Koenigsegg sent out factory test driver Niklas Lilja to improve upon the hypercar’s 0-400-0 time. Which he did by over three seconds.

33.29 seconds is all it took, meaning the Agera RS is over eight seconds quicker on the 0-400-0 run than a Bugatti Chiron. But, this feat and the top speed record were only two of five the Agera RS broke last weekend. Koenigsegg revealed today that it also broke the public road records for the fastest flying kilometer, fastest flying mile and highest speed. What’s particularly interesting about this trio is all three have been unchallenged for nearly 80 years.

Three of the records Koenigsegg broke have been held by the Mercedes Rekordwagen for nearly 80 years
Three of the records Koenigsegg broke have been held by the Mercedes…

The Mercedes-Benz Rekordwagen - a modified version of the W125 racing car - has held all three since a run on a closed section of autobahn in 1938. The Agera RS managed 276.9mph for the flying kilometer, 276.36.mph for the flying mile, and 284.55mph for the highest public road speed. These represent 8mph, 7.6mph and 15.4mph improvements respectively over the Rekordwagen.

Koenigsegg Actually Broke Five Records While In Nevada

If you’ve watched the speed record footage, you might wonder why Lilja tickled the throttle up to 200mph, before flooring it for the rest of the run. The reason is simple: Koenigsegg had so much road to play with, there was no need to put the engine through extra stress.

During the record attempts, Koenigsegg based itself at Spring Mountain Racing Resort near the town of Pahrump. The original plan was to have two days of running on the closed road, which was eventually reduced to just one. Perhaps our favourite detail of the whole affair is that the car isn’t even one of Koenigsegg’s: it was supplied by an owner who “was very keen to prove the performance credentials of the car we’ve built for him,” the Swedish firm said.

The car was running on the factory fitted Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, and also had the ‘1MW’ engine upgrade (which ups the power to an unholy 1341bhp), plus a road cage. Both can be specced by owners, should they wish.

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As to what Koenigsegg will do next in the record department, your guess is as good as ours. But who knows, perhaps Christian and co fancy trying to beat Hennessey to 300mph…


Nishant Dash

Dammit Koenigsegg!!
People: Koenigsegg wants to beat Bugatti
Koenigsegg: Nah! We want annihilation!
bags 5 records

11/07/2017 - 17:08 |
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11/07/2017 - 17:14 |
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GTRTURTLE 🔰 🐢(Oo \ S K Y L I N E / oO) (Koen

In reply to by Nishant Dash


11/07/2017 - 17:51 |
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Because one record was’t enough.

11/08/2017 - 00:43 |
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₩!Ź@ŔĐ Transit supervan

Geez that quick in 1938? With no safe barriers and in a deathtrap . Also thats some scary German ‘technology ‘ lol

11/07/2017 - 17:10 |
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I see no problem in flying low in a deathtrap.

11/07/2017 - 17:22 |
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and that with “just” an 5.6L v12 making about 730hp they actually made another record car powered by a daimler benz db603 44.5L inverted v12 normally found in a messersmith bf 109 fightrt airplane. it was tuned to 3000hp using methanol-water injection (they had that in the 1930’s along with fuel injection and even nitrous). It was meant to go 750km/h, but never did because the war broke out.

11/07/2017 - 17:30 |
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Actually there were two cars, the Mercedes and the Auto Union V16(Audi nowadays). The Auto Union driver died while tryng to beat the record.

11/07/2017 - 17:39 |
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Super low drag coefficient. I reckon one small bump in the road and it turns into a plane.

11/07/2017 - 19:46 |
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Ian MacDonald

just noticed the swastika on the Rekordwagen

11/07/2017 - 17:22 |
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Not the kind of publicity they are looking for nowadays.

11/07/2017 - 17:27 |
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that was before the war so it was pretty harmless back then. those pre war racecars were built mainly to use as propaganda.

11/07/2017 - 19:03 |
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Where is it?

11/07/2017 - 20:02 |
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JenstheGTIfreak (pizza)

Holy crap Koenigsegg going crazy

11/07/2017 - 17:23 |
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As John Hennessy recently said “I don’t want to beat these guys, I want to crush them. Period

11/07/2017 - 17:28 |
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Hennessy is a well know scam artist, Google it. His name and his company shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same sentence as Koenigsegg. Koenigsegg develops innovative technology that, despite their 140ish employees are years and years ahead of anyone, purely in tech.

Never mind that their cars are engineering masterpieces and are roughly 0,5-1 car generation ahead of the competition.

11/07/2017 - 19:56 |
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Are they selling it in the United States this time?

11/07/2017 - 17:35 |
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Captain Falcon

In reply to by M A K

Yup, the record breaking car is a US based car if I’m not mistaken. I think there are 5-6 Agera RSs in the US.

11/07/2017 - 17:56 |
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In reply to by M A K

Agera was released in 2011, and their legal in the US.

11/07/2017 - 19:56 |
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Bugatti be like, “What is speed anyway?”

11/07/2017 - 17:43 |
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11/07/2017 - 17:44 |
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lowie t

I want one.

11/07/2017 - 17:51 |
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Windscape 🇺🇸

This will proabably get koenigseggs popularity on par with other more well known brands.

11/07/2017 - 17:54 |
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Like koenigsegg already want popular as bugatti.

11/07/2017 - 18:51 |
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