Forget Bugatti, Koenigsegg Agera becomes fastest vehicle in the world

The Koenigsegg Agera RS Is Now the Fastest Production Car Ever Made

277mph Koenigsegg Agera RS is the new fastest car in the world

The world of cars has a new top trump after the Koenigsegg Agera RS smashed the record for the world's fastest production vehicle.

Per the standard format for setting a land speed record, Lilja made two runs in opposite directions within the space of an hour to eliminate the effects of gradients and wind, with the two recorded speeds then averaged.

The owner of the Agera had used his connection in the film industry to convince Nevada authorities to shut down an 11-mile stretch of Highway 106, which runs between Las Vegas and the town of Pahrump, Top Gear reports.

The Agera RS used in the attempt is the same one that recently set a time of 37.28 seconds for the 0-250-0 miles per hour run. It achieved a two-way average of 270.49mph on Valentine's Day in 2014.

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The previous record was the 267.8 miles per hour set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2010.

Koenigsegg's factory test driver Niklas Lija drove Agera RS with its 1,144bhp, 5.0-litre turbo V8 to set the new record. American tuner, Hennesey, claimed it built the world's fastest vehicle with its 968kW, Lotus-based Venom GT after it questioned whether the Veyron's long-standing record was illegitimate as the auto was driven without its electronic speed limiter, and therefore not representative of its road-going specification. The closure was set to be in place for two days but the Koenigsegg team broke the record early on the first day. The Agera RS bests Bugatti's record of 265.7 miles per hour by over 12 mph-a record set by the French firm's Veyron Super Sport back in 2010. It's so fast in fact that it can accelerate from 0-249mph and back to 0 in just 36.44 seconds.

No matter what, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is unofficially the world's fastest hypercar.

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