Here's what 284mph in a Koenigsegg Agera RS looks like
Watch: As the Koenigsegg Agera RS hits 284mph on a closed public road as it sets a new speed record
Most of us get annoyed about road closures; it’s the one thing that irritates a majority of us as one of the life’s pains. There is one road closure though is unlikely to annoy any true cars fans though, was Nevada’s route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump this past Saturday.
The team at bonkers Swedish carmaker Koenigsegg used this piece of tarmac to achieve a stunning feat of engineering resulting in a win for mankind versus the forces of nature. In an Agera RS, the very very brave factory driver Niklas Lilja clocked an average speed of 277.9mph during two runs on Nevada’s Route 160.
Now, you can see what it’s like from in the car during this colossal speed. This footage was recorded by Racelogic using the VBOX HD2 during the two runs, if you’ve ever wanted to know what driving a road-going car at speeds of over 280mph was like, you can see exactly what its like in the middle of the action.
The clip shows two runs, the first with a ‘slower’ 271.19mph, the seconds hitting 284.55mph. These two speeds are then averaged to get the official number. Just imagine what this kind of speed feels like, knowing if anything slightly goes wrong then it’s going to get very dangerous very quickly.
Koenigsegg technically had the 11-mile stretch of highway all to themselves for two days, but only needed a few hours for the three runs: one sighting run, then a pair of hyperspeed runs in both directions to claim the record.
The Agera RS used for the record attempt is the same 1,360bhp customer car used to smash the 0-249mph time previously held by the Bugatti Chiron. It was fitted with standard Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres which are installed to the Chiron as well as the upcoming Hennessey Venom F5. The Michelin boffins were on hand for the run to monitor the loads being put on the tyres at the massive speeds involved.
So, Koenigsegg has the bragging rights for the world’s fastest production car, your move Bugatti and Hennessey, let’s see what you’ve got.
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