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Koenigsegg Agera RS Sets New Production Car Land Speed Record: 284.55 miles per hour

Koenigsegg Agera RS Sets New Production Car Land Speed Record: 284.55 miles per hour

The Agera RS made the trip to America and was in Nevada over the weekend with special permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation to close a section of the road linking Las Vegas and Pahrump.

On the first, Koenigsegg test driver Niklas Lilja hit 271.2 miles per hour, fast enough to best the unofficial one-way record of 270.39 miles per hour set by the Hennessey Venom GT in 2014.

The vehicle in question, the Agera RS, is the same auto that demolished the Chiron's record last month. The closure was set to be in place for two days but the Koenigsegg team broke the record early on the first day. This may make the Agera RS the world's fastest street legal production vehicle.

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

Driver Niklas Lilja told TopGear.com he "wasn't nervous" during the run, adding: "Driving the road at 100mph, it was very quiet and smooth".

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However, it seems the Swedish firm's latest record may not last long, after Hennessey revealed a new, faster Venom last week. Since this was a world record attempt, the speed was verified by a third-party company called Racelogic.

According to information available there are only about 70 of the Koenigsegg Agera RS in the world now.

In claiming the production auto land speed record over the weekend, Koenigsegg left previous record-holder Bugatti, which claimed the throne with a 268-mph (431-km/h) effort in 2010, in its wake.

Allowing the Agera RS to reach such a ludicrous speed is a 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 produced in-house by Koenigsegg, pumping out 1380bhp and 1280 Nm of torque.


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