Koenigsegg breaks world's fastest production vehicle record with 277.9mph run

Koenigsegg breaks world's fastest production vehicle record with 277.9mph run

Koenigsegg breaks world's fastest production vehicle record with 277.9mph run

On its first run the Koenigsegg registered a top speed of 271.2mph, beating the Veyron even while battling an incline and oncoming winds. Of course, the video is not almost as thrilling as what it must have felt like to hit those speeds, but it is interesting to see the 270-plus miles per hour. At the same time, I'm extremely jealous of the pure, unfiltered speed driver Niklas Lilja must have felt.

This very same vehicle was stretched to its Earth-scorching limits by factory test driver Niklas Lilja on Saturday, along an 11-mile (17.7 km) piece of public highway near Las Vegas on Saturday that had been shut down by Nevada authorities for the attempt.

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

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According to Jim Lau from Racelogic - the folks who helped verify the speed with various VBox data loggers - the event was actually put on by Koenigsegg owners.

Hennessey is claiming its new Venom F5 may be able to break 300 miles per hour.

Like many people, we were wondering just what kind of peak speed was achieved during Koenigsegg's record-breaking run with an Agera RS.

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For those out of the loop, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8-powered Swedish hypercar. As mentioned, a factory driver was behind the wheel.

Koenigsegg also claims to have set another record on the day.

But that's not the only record the Agera RS has broken. The tires that were used are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and Michelin reps were on hand to be sure everything was good with the tires.

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