After Bugatti set a world record with its Veyron Super Sports, a group of Koenigsegg owners in the US, supported by the Swedish hypercar producer, reckoned they had a shot at beating a number of records.
Koenigsegg is one of the few hypercar brands and South Africa has been lucky enough to see just a handful of units make their way to our shores. The Swedish company is an enigma, it does not jostle for the limelight with media spin, but rather lets its products do the talking.
The location for the record-beating run was a 20km stretch of Nevada highway that was purposely closed for the occasion. The weapon of choice was a standard Koenigsegg Agera RS riding on standard Michelin Pilot Cup 2 rubber and it was piloted by Koenigsegg professional driver Niklas Lilja. Christian von Koenigsegg was present, as were a few of the company engineers to make sure the car was running efficiently.
The three records that were broken were:
- The production-car top speed record. Previously it stood at 267.8 mph (428.48 kph) and it's now set at 284.6 mph (455.36 kph)
- The 0-400-0 record set by a Bugatti Chiron at 41.96 seconds and was beaten not so long ago by a Koenigsegg, which went 5 seconds faster. However, Koenigsegg wanted to beat its own record and it did easily, with a 33.87 run.
- The top speed on a public road record. Previously set in 1938 by the Mercedes-Benz W125 Rekordwagen when it went 432.7 kph.
Watch the Koenigsegg Agera RS hit 284 mph (455 kph)