Koenigsegg beats Bugatti to title of world's fastest vehicle

Koenigsegg beats Bugatti to title of world's fastest vehicle

Koenigsegg beats Bugatti to title of world's fastest vehicle

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. Of course, the video is not almost as thrilling as what it must have felt like to hit those speeds, but it is interesting to see the 270-plus miles per hour. It achieved a two-way average of 270.49mph on Valentine's Day in 2014. American tuner, Hennesey, claimed it built the world's fastest vehicle with its 968kW, Lotus-based Venom GT after it questioned whether the Veyron's long-standing record was illegitimate as the auto was driven without its electronic speed limiter, and therefore not representative of its road-going specification.

Koenigsegg's attempt at the word record took place on an 11-mile section of the road between between Las Vegas and Pahrump in the Nevada desert that was specially closed by the authorities. At the same time, I'm extremely jealous of the pure, unfiltered speed driver Niklas Lilja must have felt.

The previous record was the 267.8 miles per hour set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2010. After recently toppling Bugatti's impressive zero to 249 miles per hour to zero record, the team tackled the overall top speed record in Nevada. The Agera RS is powered by a 5.0 lite V8 engine which is turbo charged, it has a massive 1,380 horsepower.

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Another challenger is the recently revealed Venom F5 from America's Hennessey. With Lilja behind the wheel, the Agera RS managed to go from 0 to 401.78 kph (249.65 mph) and back to 0 in just 33.87 seconds.

But that's not the only record the Agera RS has broken.

The Swedish hypercar firm confirmed on Twitter earlier today that the Agera's factory-fitted Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s were used for the run, but other than that, we don't know a huge amount about the feat - full details are expected to be revealed soon.

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