Koenigsegg Agera RS Achieves Multiple Production Car World Speed Records
- November 24, 2017
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A Koenigsegg Agera RS driven by factory driver, Niklas Lilja, achieved five new world records for a production vehicle on November 4th, 2017, in Pahrump, Nevada:
THE HIGHEST TOP SPEED FOR A PRODUCTION VEHICLE
Calculated using an average of two runs, one in either direction. The record speed achieved is 446.97 km/h (277.87 mph)
The 0-400-0 km/h run was completed in 33.29 seconds, beating the previous time of 36.44 seconds set by the same car in Denmark in October 2017.
FLYING KILOMETER ON A PUBLIC ROAD
The highest average speed for a flying kilometer on a public road, calculated after running the car in two directions – 445.54 km/h (276.9 mph)
FLYING MILE ON A PUBLIC ROAD
The highest average speed for a flying mile on a public road, calculated after running the car in two directions – 444.66 km/h (276.36 mph)
HIGHEST SPEED ACHIEVED ON A PUBLIC ROAD
Single direction recorded. Measured at 457.49 km/h (284.55 mph)
The Agera RS used for the record is the same car used by Koenigsegg to record the 0-400-0 km/h record announced in October 2017.
The car is a customer-owned vehicle, a Koenigsegg Agera RS fitted with our 1MW engine upgrade producing 1,360hp when running on E85 fuel. The car was also fitted with a rollcage, a standard safety precaution that was also used on the 0-400-0 km/h run. Both the 1MW engine and the removable rollcage are options available to every Koenigsegg customer.
The Agera RS was using the same tires that come as standard equipment for this model – Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 – fitted to our 5-spoke, Aircore carbon fiber rims. Representatives from Michelin were on site to check the condition of the tires at the completion of each run. Only 1 set of tires was used to achieve all five records.
The high-speed runs were made on a public road, on a closed section of Highway 160 near Pahrump, Nevada, in the United States. The Agera RS completed runs in both directions along the highway. The high-speed runs were also used to collect data for the flying kilometer and flying mile.
The 0-400-0 run was also conducted on Highway 160.
Highest average speed for a flying kilometer on a public road – 445.54 km/h (276.9 mph)
This record, and that of the flying mile, have both stood for nearly 80 years.
The established record for a flying kilometer on a public road was set by Mercedes Benz on the 28th January, 1938. Rudolf Caracciola recorded an average speed of 432.7 km/h (268 mph) over the flying kilometre, driving a modified version of the Mercedes W125 racecar along a section of the German autobahn between Frankfurt and Dormstadt.
Highest Speed Ever Driven On A Public Road – 457.49 km/h (284.55 mph)
The previous highest speed for driving on a public road was the 432.7 km/h recorded by the Mercedes Benz Rekordwagen in 1938. Higher speeds may have been achieved on private tracks or salt flats, but we are unable to identify a higher speed achieved on a public road.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS recorded a high speed of 457.49 km/h (284.55 mph) during its north-westerley run, which we believe is the highest ever speed achieved on a public road.
This represents a 24.79 km/h increase over the time achieved by the Mercedes Benz Rekordwagen in 1938.