Koenigsegg Agera RS Is Now The World's Fastest Car

Isaac Cain
November 7, 2017

Koenigsegg factory test driver Niklas Lilja hit the incredible speed on a closed road in Nevada on the second run that's shown in this video, having hit 272mph on the run before.

He gets into top gear at 220mph and ends up reaching a top speed of 284mph.

Just last month, the auto was also in the record books after Lilja drove from a standstill to 249mph and back to a full stop in just over 36 seconds - beating the Bugatti Chiron's 41.96-second time that had been set by former F1 driver Juan-Pablo Montoya. Over the weekend, a Koenigsegg Agera RS piloted by test driver Niklas Lilja clocked an average speed of 277.9mph on two runs, making it the fastest production vehicle in the world.

The 1000kW/1371Nm Koenigsegg still had more potential though, something Lilja seemed to know quite well, as he went back for another run. Lija is said to have hit over 291mph in one direction.

The Texan firm shouldn't have much to worry about if their previous performance claims hold merit, as the Venom F5 is projected to crack 301mph (484kmh).

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The world's fastest drone set a record of 179.6 miles per hour, beating the Tesla Model S, though the Lucid Air is faster at 235 miles per hour.

But Koenigsegg's record may not last long as two rival hypercars look set to pose a serious challenge to the Swedish hypercar's title of world's fastest auto.

What has the Koenigsegg Agera RS beaten to take the record?

The Koenigsegg Agera RS was able to pull off the feat thanks to its 1,160-horsepower 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, not to mention the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires wrapped around all four wheels.

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