07 November, 2017
Over the weekend, Koenigsegg achieved an impressive feat after shutting down an 11-mile section of Nevada's Route 160, between Las Vegas and Pahrump.
Swedish carmaker Koenigsegg has smashed the production vehicle speed record with its Agera RS hypercar, stealing the title from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
Perhaps most impressively, the Agera RS ran off-the-shelf Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber, albeit with technicians on hand from the French tyre manufacturer to oversee the record.
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On its first run the Koenigsegg registered a top speed of 271.2mph, beating the Veyron even while battling an incline and oncoming winds. Earlier in October, Koenigsegg took another record from Bugatti, smashing the 0-400-0 km/h record.
The auto achieved the feat on a closed, arrow-straight, 11-mile stretch of Nevada highway in the hands of factory driver Niklas Lilja.
You can watch both high-speed runs in the video above, which was posted on YouTube by Julian Thomas. The Agera RS is powered by a 5.0 lite V8 engine which is turbo charged, it has a massive 1,380 horsepower. It recently announced that the successor to the Venom GT, the 1600-bhp Venom F5, could break the 300-mph limit. Lau also said that, since the event wasn't a tightly embargoed automaker event, some misinformation was leaking throughout the day - like a reported top speed of 291 miles per hour.