The Koenigsegg Agera RS (278 mph) : The New World’s Fastest Car: Automobile trends
After achieving a two-way average of 277.9 miles per hour back in early November, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is officially the fastest production car ever made. On Thursday, the Swedish hypercar maker released footage of its record-smashing run from inside the cockpit. With the camera aimed right over factory test driver Niklas Lilja’s shoulder, we get up close and personal (YouTube video) with what that kind of mind-bending speed looks and sounds like from behind the wheel.(Koenigsegg Agera RS, automobile trends, World’s fastest car 2017, 278 mph, Agera RS)
About a minute after setting off, the Agera RS hits a top speed of 284.7 mph. By our calculations, that means a top speed of 271.1 mph was achieved in a run going the other direction. After slowing back down to around 200 mph, Lilja takes a hand off the wheel to verify his speed and subsequently let out a little celebration.(Koenigsegg Agera RS, automobile trends, World’s fastest car 2017, 278 mph, Agera RS)
In addition to being the fastest production car in the world as well as the fastest car to get from 0-400-0, the Koenigsegg Agera RS also holds the records for the fastest flying kilometer on a public road (averaging 276.9 mph two ways), fastest flying mile on a public road (averaging 276.36 mph two ways), and the slightly dubious distinction of achieving the highest speed ever recorded on a public road at 284.55 mph.
According to Koenigsegg, all five records were broken with the same customer car running E85 fuel, equipped with the 1,360-horsepower “1 MegaWatt” package, a factory roll cage, and a single set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Yes, in the seven top speed and three 0-400-0 runs Lilja performed, the tires remained unchanged throughout. Koenigsegg also stresses that the “1 MegaWatt” package, roll cage, and tires are things available to every one of its customers.(Koenigsegg Agera RS, automobile trends, World’s fastest car 2017, 278 mph, Agera RS)