Koenigsegg Just Shattered Our View Of Speed
The race to 300 is speeding up, and Koenigsegg is leading the way by a country mile. They first showcased that they aren’t messing around by crushing the Chiron at its own game, 0-400-0. But now they have turned it up even further, leaving it up to Bugatti to respond.
Zero to four-hundred kilometers per hour, and back down to zero. That is the new standard of speed. It sounds absolutely absurd. Yet we have cars that can easily do it in well under a minute. And all we want is more. Every time a record is broken it’s followed up with the manufacturer making an even bolder claim. The biggest of which, 300mph. That’s right. We have ‘production’ cars shooting for a speed record that can rival most low flying aircrafts. And while both Bugatti and Hennesy have made some tantalizing claims, it’s Koenigsegg that has rolled up their sleeves and started showing off just how fast their cars really are.
Shortly after the Chiron claimed the fastest time of 0-400-0, Koenigsegg stepped in and rubbed their faces in it. The Agera RS blitzed the mighty Chiron by a substantial 5.5 seconds, making it the new king of speed. But the conditions for the record-setting run were all wrong, leaving just a little bit more on the table. Now with a better track surface, the Agera RS beat it’s own time by an astonishing 3.15-seconds, putting it 8 and a half seconds ahead of the Chiron. Ouch. While that was more than enough of a stomping, the Swedes weren’t finished. They went for the all-out speed record, surpassing anything recorded by Bugatti.
Utilizing a public road in the Nevada desert, didn’t break just 1, but a total of 5 different records. The first is the previously mentioned 0-400-0 run. The next was top speed run, where the Agera RS maintained an average of 277.87mph over two passes. Or 192.87mph over the speed limit, if you prefer to look at it that way. Imagine that ticket. The third record was the overall highest speed on a public road, with an astonishing 284.55mph. Jesus Christ. The next two records are similar in nature, the flying mile, and flying kilometer. The Agera RS achieved a top speed of 276.36 in the mile and 445.54kmh in the kilometer. It’s so fast it is nearly obnoxious.
Surprisingly half these records are near 80-years old. Apparently those crazy Germans set a handful of speed record with the W125 back in 1938, utilizing the world-renowned Autobahn. The W125 is rumored to have hit 268mph way back then, when downforce wasn’t even a thought. Sounds terrifying, but also very German. Now the question that begins to linger is whether Bugatti will attempt to recapture their status, or will they wave a white flag to the crazy Swedes. As of right now it appears that the Chiron is heavily outgunned, so it may be best for Bugatti to lay low. The other contender that has recently thrown their hat into the ring is Hennessey.
Hennessey just debuted their monstrous Venom F5 at this SEMA this year, and did so with massive claims. Interestingly the Venom F5 is said to weigh just a hair under the Agera RS, and boast more power. 240hp more to be exact, bringing the total up to a crisp 1600hp. So in theory, the Venom F5 should easily become top dog. But when you are talking speeds in excess of 250mph, nothing comes easy. There are so many factors it’s hard to know what a car is capable of until it’s let loose. Heres to hoping we don’t have to wait much longer to see the Venom F5 in action. But until that day comes, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is the undisputed king of speed.