Swedish company Koenigsegg, known for its hypercars, broke the world record for the fastest car with its Agera RS. According to Fortune, the ultra-luxe hypercar maker, paid to shut down a section of a highway between Las Vegas and Pahrump in Nevada, USA.
Factory driver Niklas Lilja drove the Koenigsegg Agera RS and hit an average speed of 277.9 miles per hour, achieving the speed over the course of two runs on the highway, which by the way, is a 11 mile section. The Agera RS crushed previous speed records set in 2010 by Bugatti’s Veyron Super Sport at 267.8 miles per hour.
Reports mention that the hypercar’s driver pushed the vehicle to its limits and achieved 284.55 miles per hour in one direction and 271.9 miles per hour on the second run, which had an uphill gradient.
According to Fortune, the average 277.9 mph time beats previous record holder Bugatti’s run in 2010 on the Ehra-Lessien test track in 2010 as well as Hennessey Venom GT’s one-way 270.49 mph run at the Kennedy Space Center in 2014.
Business Insider reports that Koenigsegg’s records may not be safe for too long, as Hennessey claims that its Venom F5 may be able to reach 300 mph. However the claim is yet to be tested.Back in September, the Porsche GT2 RS made it around the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds to become the quickest 911 ever built. Perhaps Koenigsegg’s next target is that track, we certainly hope so.