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The Koenigsegg Agera RS has claimed five speed records

Recent top speed run clocked up FIVE new records. Here they are, plus new video

Published: 07 Nov 2017

News from Koenigsegg’s ascent to the top of the speed tree continues to astonish. Official confirmation has arrived that the Koenigsegg Agera RS has just set FIVE new records.

The first you saw last month, where an owner’s 1,360bhp Agera RS managed to go from 0-249mph-0 in just 36.44secs. Over the weekend, this same Agera managed to shave off a few seconds, achieving a record of 33.29secs. That’s just over eight seconds faster than a Bugatti Chiron.

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The 0-249mph bit was covered off in 24 seconds flat, while braking back down to zero took another 9.29secs across 499.3 metres. Oh, and if you’re interested, the Agera RS managed a quarter mile run in 9.96secs. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a ten second car.

More speed happened. The Agera RS managed an average top speed of 277.87mph over two runs, as you’ll know, meaning it is the fastest production car in the world. You can watch video of both runs above.

During its north-westerly run, we’re told (from the Las Vegas end towards Pahrump), the Agera managed to hit 284.55mph. The south-easterly run managed 271.19mph, though that was slightly uphill and featured a bit of a headwind. Still, job done.

For the next two records on the hit list, we have to step back to 1938. Rudolf Caracciola took his W125 racer onto the Autobahn and set records for the highest average speed for a flying kilometre on a public road (268mph), and highest average speed for a flying mile on a public road (268.74mph).

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Koenigsegg just smashed the both of them. The RS recorded a speed of 276.9mph for the flying kilometre (average across two runs), and 276.36mph for the flying mile.

Finally, we come to the fifth record – that of the highest speed ever recorded on a public road. Mercedes took this honour back in 1938 with the ‘Rekordwagen’ (Auto Union's attempt to beat Mercedes at this speed week unfortunately resulted in the death of Bernd Rosemeyer, which you can read more about here). Koenigsegg's 284.55mph during that first top speed run has toppled the Benz’s near 80-year record.

After going really, really quite fast, Koenigsegg driver Niklas Lilja told Top Gear: “Of course, we want to prove it’s quicker than anything else in the corners too.”

Yikes. To shoehorn in a boxing analogy, is the Agera RS the defining heavyweight of its era?

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