Bugatti has been troubling itself with a skirmish with Texas-based tuner Hennessey when it comes to the world record of the fastest production model, but has seemingly overlooked exotic manufacturer Koenigsegg.
The VW-owned exotic manufacturer should have taken notice of last month’s broken record for the 0-249-0 mph category – and it seems the exact same example that was used then to beat the mighty Chiron is also responsible for the new record, the most prestigious of them all. 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. The Swedish supercar had to beat the 267.81 mph (431 kph) achieved back in 2010 by an unrestricted version of the Veyron Super Sport with Bugatti’s official test driver Pierre Henri Raphanel at the helm on location at the Volkswagen Group’s Ehra-Lessien test track.
As the on-board footage shows, the task was easily handled – the mesmerizing video with the record-breaking attempt showing the company’s factory driver, Niklas Lilja, pushing the 1,360-horsepower hypercar to around 272 mph (437.7 kph) during the first run and an impressive 284.3 mph (457.5 kph) during the second run. The numbers were crunched by Racelogic with the VBOX HD2 and the official mark acknowledged by the Guinness World Records at 277.9 mph (444.6 kph) – the average speed between the two attempts in both directions.