I have to acknowledge the beauty and speed of the Bugatti Chiron and the Hennessey Venom F5 as both are brilliant cars and are pushing the limits to claim the title of the fastest production car. Both the cars have very impressive numbers. While these two are being busy with their impressive numbers, the Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg has been busy claiming records.
Since the inception of Koenigsegg, they have been breaking records of speed and have proved to have a real passion for it. In February 2005, the CCR first claimed the Guinness World Record of fastest production car in the world that was earlier held by McLaren F1. Then came the CCXR in 2007 which held the power to weight ratio of production cars with a 1.3 hp per kilogram. With the Agera R introduced in 2011 they conquered the 0-300 kmph Guinness World record and 0-300 kmph -0 record, and then claimed all the above records with the Koenigsegg One:1 in 2015. The 0-300 kmph with a 2 second improvement and 0-300 kmph -0 with a 3 second improvement. the One:1 kept the power to weight ratio record from its predecessor with 1kg per hp which is a dream number for car companies. With the One:1 Keonigsegg also kept the record the 0-200mph and 0-200mph-0 record which was earlier set by the Agera R.
Apart from breaking the records Keonigsegg introduced the Regera, another beautiful beast of a car and a plug in hybrid that has a top speed of 397 kmph. its unique because it has a gear - one gear not multi-gear transmission like its previous models. Its too complicated for me to explain but, it still has the predecessors blood for remarkable number especially when it is claimed by Koenigsegg to accelerate from 150-250 kmph (93 - 155 mph) in just under 4 seconds. How to they do it? Here is how - After some simple research on the company’s philosophy which states - “is one solely based on performance”.
That performance translates into claiming the 0-400 kmph-0 record in 36.44 seconds. This happened last month. The record was held by this years Bugatti Chiron which set the record a few weeks earlier than Koenigsegg. They claimed the record by a clear 5 seconds in a Agera RS, a car launched in 2015 and does not have an all wheel drive like the Chiron. A few hours ago in Nevada Keonigsegg claimed the World Fastest car title with 277.9 mph a title previously held by Bugatti’s Veron Super Sport with 265 mph and went faster than Hennesey Venom 270 mph. The Venom's 270 mph went unrecognised due to only one run being conducted unlike the usual two runs to adjust the wind. Keonigsegg celebrated and announced it with a post on Keonigsegg’s Twitter feed.
Did I forget to mention Koenigsegg’s goal…here it is - “to enhance vehicle performance”, I recon this translates into breaking “all production car records”. Hats off, hi 5s and fist bumps to the entire Koenigsegg team that did it especially Nikolas Lilja - Keonigsegg’s factory test driver with balls the size of planets. With the Bugatti Chiron’s record being claimed. One thing goes unanswered - what is Koenigsegg’s response to the Hennessey’s 300mph monster Venom F5?…I recon Hennessey is going to have claim the title of World’s fastest Car for us to find out.