Pre-Koenigsegg record was set by the Bugatti Chiron; 1341bhp Koenigsegg hypercar has beaten it by 5.5sec
The Koenigsegg Agera RS has beaten its own 0-400-0kph run while breaking the production car speed record.
Köenigsegg’s previous record, set less than a month prior, beat the Bugatti Chiron’s 0-400-0kph (0-249-0mph) run by 5.52sec, achieving the feat in 36.44sec. This new record by Köenigsegg breaks its own record by 3.15sec, and Bugatti’s record by 8.67sec. The same car and driver were used.
Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja set the record at a disused airfield in Denmark, covering a distance of 2441 metres; not far shy of the runway’s 2.8km length. The length of the run was calculated to be split into 1958 metres of acceleration and 483 metres of braking.
The Agera RS weighs 1395kg and is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 that produces 1341bhp and 944lb ft.
The new time in which the Agera performed the run is less than ten times as long as the Mercedes-AMG GT R takes to go from 0-62mph, and 249mph is 51mph quicker than that car’s top speed.
Koenigsegg has not yet published a top speed for the Agera RS, but the car achieved a new speed record in its top speed run, of 285mph. It simultaneously broke the world records for flying mile and flying kilometre.
The original record was set on 1 October. It was originally scheduled between 30 September and 2 October at a test facility in Germany, but conditions were unsuitable. The new record was set on 4 November.
Koenigsegg founder Christian von Koenigsegg said: “It makes me so proud, so happy and excited to see what we have achieved as a team with the Agera RS. A result like this does not just happen. It may have only taken a few hours of driving to complete this run, but we cannot overlook all of the work that went into creating the car in the first place.
“Building these cars takes everything we have. We give it our all, every day of every week. Without this commitment to excellence, we would not be worthy of either the result or the reward.»
Although no direct references were made to Bugatti’s recent 41.96sec 0-400-0kph run, von Koenigsegg continued: “The story of David and Goliath continues to resonate. It is so important to visualise our efforts and results. It gives fuel to the dreamers and visionaries striving to realise their goals. You can do it, regardless of how impossible it seems. This is probably the most important aspect and consequence of what we do here at Koenigsegg.”
The announcement also stated: “The owner of the Agera RS used for this 0-400-0kph run is very keen for us to verify the car’s performance in comparison to other manufacturers.”
Koenigsegg plans better the record with its Regera, a 1479bhp, 1475lb ft, camless hypercar that is tipped to take 20sec to reach 400kph. It has not been revealed when this record attempt will take place.