We can deliver the understatement of the year – Koenigsegg had a good weekend this past weekend. That’s because they not only delivered the new fastest speed run of the world, they also broke a total of five records, on a simple strip of road near Pahrump, Nevada.
No million-dollar team behind them, no million-dollar facility around them, no specifically tuned example that will never be sold to an actual person – all this was done with a handful of persons, a client’s car and on a closed strip of road in Nevada… Koenigsegg had the same Agera RS it used in Europe to break the 0-249-0 mph world record, now delivered to its new owner in America and… submitted to even more testing. On this new occasion they averaged (as per Guinness World Record rules) 277.87 mph (446.97 kph) to establish a new top speed record for production cars, and it now turns out they actually took down another four records in the process.
Back in October at a former military airfield in Denmark the Agera RS dethroned the Bugatti Chiron from the 0-249-0 mph (0-400-0 kph) crown with a time of 36.44 seconds – but now that’s old news as well because they now delivered a new time… of 33.29 seconds. Record number three is about the highest average speed for a flying kilometer on a public road, the Agera RS netting it at 276.9 mph (445.54 kph). This one is a record you’ve never heard off simply because it stood for so long – Mercedes established the previous average of 268 mph (432.7 kph) in January 1938 with a modified W125 race car driven by Rudolf Caracciola on a section of the German autobahn. Number four comes as the highest average speed for a flying mile on a public road – 276.36 mph (444.66 kph). Again, the benchmark was… the W125. And at fast last, here’s the highest speed reached on a public road: 284.55 mph (457.49 kph), which interestingly is again something set by a Mercedes – the Rekordwagen in 1938.