Bugatti Chiron loses title of fastest road-legal production car to Koenigsegg Agera RS

Article by Christian A., on November 6, 2017

Bugatti is no longer the automaker that carries the fastest street legal production model after the Chiron was overtaken by no other than the Koenigsegg Agera RS. The new champion posted an average speed of 277.9 miles per hour (444.6 kilometers per hour) after doing two runs going in opposite directions as part of the Guinness’ requirements. It was Niklas Lilja, Koenigsegg’s factory driver, who was behind the Agera’s wheel when he broke the record at Pahrump, Nevada. All the figures were recorded and verified by Racelogic during the run last Saturday.

A couple of months ago, Koenigsegg was already talking about taking the crown from the Bugatti, which had Chiron’s 0-240-0 record. Drive Tribe had provided some of the details of the record-breaking feat. It reported that Agera RS was in Nevada, where it was put through a number of tests on a closed section of a road somewhere between Las Vegas and Pahrump. To make this possible, the Swedish automaker had to get permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation so they could close the particular road for the high-speed run.

In 2010, an unrestricted Bugatti Veyron Super Sport made a record of 267.81 miles per hour (431 kilometers per hour) at Volkswagen Group’s Ehra-Lessien test track. It was driven by Pierre Henri Raphanel, who was the automaker’s official test driver. It wasn’t long after that moment that a road-legal production model, which was the Veyron Super Sport World Record Edition, was launched. However, it had an electronic top speed limiter that lets it do just up to 258 miles per hour (145 kph) to preserve the integrity of the tires.

Ever since Bugatti’s record set on July 4th, 2010, car manufacturers like Koenigsegg have been trying to build better and faster vehicles to steal the crown. In fact, Hennessey boasts that its Venom F5 is capable of hitting 301 mph (484 kph). And Bugatti’s Chiron had been preparing to beat its own record. Well, it now has to do better than that.

How was current superstar, the Agera RS, able to attain this top speed? For sure, what it has under the hood has a lot to do with it. It is equipped with a 5.0 liter biturbo V8 engine which gives out 1,360 horsepower and 1,011 pound feet (1,371 Newton-metres) with the newest 1MW engine upgrade. Overall, it weighs 1,295 kilograms (2,854 pounds).

During the prior tests, the Agera only took 36.44 seconds to complete the 0-249-0 mph task. Meanwhile, the aforementioned Chiron was five and a half seconds behind. When the Agera RS did the run, it only managed to reach 250 mph (403 kph) but Koenigsegg had then claimed that it can be pushed to deliver an extra 18 mph in order to beat the Veyron Super Sport. Whatever Koenigsegg did after that sure did the trick.

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