Nevada Shuts Down Highway For Koenigsegg's Speed Record Run
Nevada is quickly becoming known as a very accommodating state for car companies wanting to try cool stuff. Today, they announced that through Saturday and Sunday, an 11-mile stretch of Route 160 will be closed so Koenigsegg can run for a production car speed record.
Koenigsegg has thus far flown mostly under the radar in terms of top speeds--while the Swedes have set several zero-to-something-to-zero records, their cars' top speeds are mostly talked about in theoreticals. Christian von Koenigsegg, the company's founder and CEO, has said before that his cars are more focused on the sensation of speed and acceleration rather than simply shattering records. Whereas a Bugatti coddles you in supreme comfort and million-dollar materials at 260 mph, a Koenigsegg lacks its AWD and sixteen smooth cylinders. It's more visceral. The CCX was one of the only cars that truly scared Jeremy Clarkson on TopGear, and it was the very first car the Stig ever crashed at Dunsfold. Koenigsegg even developed a wing for the CCX at the Stig's behest.
Koenigsegg is going to make the run in an Agera RS, as it's currently their lightest car and its twin-turbo, 5.0L V8 ICE makes the most power (the Regera makes more power overall, but the hybrid system adds considerable weight). The record to beat is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's 268 mph, but one local reporter Tweeted that on one of its runs today the Agera (unofficially) reached a mind-bending 291 mph--if it can do a speed like that in the other direction, it should shut Bugatti up for a good few years.
It's going to be a hell of an upset if Koenigsegg can beat Bugatti's record. The latter has held the record since time immemorial, and I have a feeling the Germans are starting to get a little big for their britches. Koenigsegg may be just the ones to light a fire under the seat of Bugatti's diamond-encrusted pants.
Chiron Super Sport, anyone?