Koenigsegg Agera RS shatters 0-249-0mph record

By Simon Davis

The Koenigsegg Agera RS has set a new production car speed record by accelerating from a standstill to 249mph and back to 0mph in just 36.44 seconds.

The Swedish hypercar bettered the Bugatti Chiron’s time for the same run – which was only set last month – by 5.52 seconds.

The sprint from 0-249mph (which is equivalent to 400km/h) took 26.88 seconds and a distance of 1,958 metres, while decelerating back to 0mph took 9.56 seconds over 483 metres. The total distance for the 0-249-0mph run was 2,441 metres.

(Koenigsegg)

The time was set at the Vandel airfield – which was built during the Second World War – in Denmark on October 1.

Christian von Koenigsegg, founder and CEO of the manufacturer, said: “It makes me so proud, so happy and excited to see what we have achieved as a team with the Agera RS.

“A result like this does not just happen. It may have only taken a few hours of driving to complete this run, but we cannot overlook all of the work that went into creating the car in the first place.

“Building these cars takes everything we have. We give it our all, every day of every week. Without this commitment to excellence, we would not be worthy of either the result or the reward.”

(Koenigsegg)

The Agera RS used for the record-setting run is a customer car, and is due to be delivered to its owner in the United States. According to the Swedish manufacturer, its owner was “very keen for us to verify the car’s performance in comparison to other manufacturers”, and the run “was a great opportunity to do so”.

Powering the Agera RS is a 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that develops 1,341bhp and 1,371Nm of torque. By comparison, the Bugatti Chiron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine produces 1,478bhp and 1,600Nm of torque.

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