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

277mph Koenigsegg Agera RS is the new fastest car in the world

The Koenigsegg Agera RS has just broken the world record for the fastest ever road-legal vehicle. 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.

He on Saturday drove the customer-owned machine to a new record of 277.9 miles per hour on a closed 12-mile section of Highway 160 just outside of Pahrump, Nevada. Koenigsegg's Agera RS has set a new benchmark for a production vehicle, with an astounding average speed of 277 miles per hour (447 km/h) on a public highway in Nevada.

It broke the previous record of 267.9 miles per hour set by Bugatti's Veyron Super Sport in 2010. Its 5-liter twin-turbo V8 provides it with 1,160 horsepower. On Saturday, factory driver Niklas Lilja reached 277.9 miles per hour (447.1km/h) in one of the company's Agera RS hypercars. Guiness World Records iniitally recalled its status, but later re-instated the Veyron to the top spot after an investigation where it stated "a change to the speed limiter does not alter the fundamental design of the auto or its engine".

Special mention should be made regarding the tires the Agera RS was running.

Hennessey failed to take the speed record, however, because the vehicle only completed one run and the title-holder is required to make two runs down the same stretch of tarmac in opposite directions.

The Swedish hypercar firm confirmed on Twitter earlier today that the Agera's factory-fitted Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s were used for the run, but other than that, we don't know a huge amount about the feat - full details are expected to be revealed soon.

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