277mph Koenigsegg Agera RS is the new fastest auto in the world

Marcus Newton
November 8, 2017

On its first run the Koenigsegg registered a top speed of 271.2mph, beating the Veyron even while battling an incline and oncoming winds.

Per the standard format for setting a land speed record, Lilja made two runs in opposite directions within the space of an hour to eliminate the effects of gradients and wind, with the two recorded speeds then averaged. At the same time, I'm extremely jealous of the pure, unfiltered speed driver Niklas Lilja must have felt.

The test was carried out on an 11-mile stretch of road between Las Vegas and Pahrhump, that had been closed to the public. At the time, it narrowly took the record from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which had recorded a 269.86mph time. All data on the day was recorded and verified on site by Racelogic.

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The Koenigsegg Agera RS was able to pull off the feat thanks to its 1,160-horsepower 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, not to mention the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires wrapped around all four wheels.

Like many people, we were wondering just what kind of peak speed was achieved during Koenigsegg's record-breaking run with an Agera RS. It recently announced that the successor to the Venom GT, the 1600-bhp Venom F5, could break the 300-mph limit.

The vehicle is owned by Mark Stidham who actually organized the attempt together with his mates Jeffrey Cheng and John Morris. The closure was set to be in place for two days but the Koenigsegg team broke the record early on the first day. It's so fast in fact that it can accelerate from 0-249mph and back to 0 in just 36.44 seconds.

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