Koenigsegg Agera RS crowned as the fastest production auto in the world

Leigh Mccormick
November 7, 2017

An Agera RS, driven by Niklas Lilja, had achieved two-way average speed of 444.6 km/h (277.9 mph) on an 11 mile route that lay between Las Vegas and Pahrump.

Koenigsegg's Agera RS has become the world's fastest production auto after setting the world record with a two-way average speed of 277.9mph.

The Bugatti Chiron is its closest rival with a top speed of 261mph, although Bugatti claims it has the potential to hit 310mph in the future.

The French carmaker originally set the record for a test they invented in just 42 secs, adds the newspaper, but this was quickly beaten by the Koenigsegg Agera RS's time of 36 secs.

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On its first run, the £1.5 million Agera RS hit 271.1mph, reaching 284.7mph on its second run.

The Hennessey Venom GT, a 1451bhp Lotus Elise-based creation by a Texas-based engineering company, reached 270.49mph on the Space Shuttle landing runway at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in 2014. Responsible for sending the power to the pavement was reportedly a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires - the standard tire for the Agera - which seemed to survive the high-speed stint without a hitch.

For those out of the loop, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8-powered Swedish hypercar.

In a more macabre test of speed, Shane Hammond took the Guinness World Record for the fastest hearse in Australia in 2010. It's also said that the Agera RS's surge of torque did not drop off after 240 miles per hour. The 1,341 hp vehicle made two runs on the dead-straight highway, one in each direction, and its speeds were averaged as required for Guinness-recognized world record.

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