Not that long ago, we witnessed the Koenigsegg’s Agera RS set the record as the fastest street-legal production car in the world. It took the title after proving itself on a long stretch of road in Nevada, with a two-way average speed of 277.9 miles per hour (444.6 kilometers per hour).
Another record it broke was the highest speed recorded on a public road, with 284.55 miles per hour (457.49 kilometers per hour). But would you believe the automaker if it claims that this vehicle could push itself even further - to 300 miles per hour (482.8 kilometers per hour)?
Currently, it would be the Agera RS’ tires that would be the biggest challenge for it to be able to hit 300 miles per hour. But with the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that it was equipped with, the Agera RS was able to hit 284.55 miles per hour. This means to say that when fitted with regular tires that are meant to be used on the street and without the use of unique compounds or racing slicks, the Agera was able to perform outstandingly.
At the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, Michelin product manager Eric Schmedding, together with Christian von Koenigsegg, discussed that the current tires on the Agera RS are intended for slower speeds. However, they held up well when subjected to speeds of up to 270 miles per hour.
The risks posed by testing the Agera RS would be the tires’ heat generation and thermal activity. The longer the tires rotate at a high speed, the more heat is generated. So if the Agera RS can quickly reach 300 miles per hour, achieving the speed without the tires failing should therefore not be a problem.
Schmedding continued by saying that if the Agera RS takes about five minutes for it to get to 300 miles per hour from 270, then this will not work.
But there’s really nothing to stop Koenigsegg from going for 300 miles per hour. For now though, they’re content with saying that it’s doable. At the moment, it is not their objective to test this. It would be a dangerous task with all the factors that could enter the equation. These include animals, tumbleweeds, bumps, and wind. Moreover, to achieve this, the car would need more RPM and a longer gear ratio.
Nonetheless, if the record set by the Agera RS is broke by a rival, there’s absolutely nothing to prevent Koenigsegg from proving itself again.