Bug catcher: Koenigsegg Agera
So Captain Slow has set a new speed record in the Veyron SS. Good work – now meet the car set to obliterate it...
Posted: 01 Dec 2010
News of the Veyron’s world speed record reached Christian von Koenigsegg quickly, mainly because I told him about it two days after it had happened – when it was still a closely guarded secret, in fact. As our TopGear magazine crew walked around the Koenigsegg factory, enjoying a guided tour from the boss himself, I casually dropped it into the conversation. “Hey Christian, by the way...”
And so one of the first people to find out about the Veyron’s record was a man who was in a position to beat it. He wanted to know how fast it had gone, that was the first question, as you’d expect. When we told him ‘415’ he said, “I thought they would go faster than that.” (As it happened, Bugatti’s testers did go faster, up to 431kph, so he was right). He then began to ponder high-speed location options out loud...
Words: Bill Thomas
Photos: Joe Windsor William