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Koenigsegg Agera RS breaks 0-400-0kph record

Autocar logo Autocar 05/10/2017 Jimi Beckwith

Koenigsegg Agera RS breaks 0-400-0kph record

Koenigsegg Agera RS breaks 0-400-0kph record
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The Koenigsegg Agera RS has beaten the Bugatti Chiron’s 0-400-0kph (0-249-0mph) run by 5.52sec, achieving the feat in 36.44sec. 

Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja set the record at a disused airfield in Denmark, covering a distance of 2441 metres; not far shy of the runway's 2.8km length. The length of the run was calculated to be split into 1958 metres of acceleration and 483 metres of braking. 

The Agera RS weighs 1395kg and is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 that produces 1341bhp and 944lb ft.

The time in which the Agera performed the run is ten times as long as the Mercedes-AMG GT R takes to go from 0-62mph, and 249mph is 51mph quicker than that car’s top speed.

Koenigsegg has not yet published a top speed for the Agera RS. 

The record was set on 1 October. It was originally scheduled between 30 September and 2 October at a test facility in Germany, but conditions were unsuitable. 

Koenigsegg founder Christian von Koenigsegg said: “It makes me so proud, so happy and excited to see what we have achieved as a team with the Agera RS. A result like this does not just happen. It may have only taken a few hours of driving to complete this run, but we cannot overlook all of the work that went into creating the car in the first place.

“Building these cars takes everything we have. We give it our all, every day of every week. Without this commitment to excellence, we would not be worthy of either the result or the reward."

Although no direct references were made to Bugatti’s recent 41.96sec 0-400-0kph run, von Koenigsegg continued: “The story of David and Goliath continues to resonate. It is so important to visualise our efforts and results. It gives fuel to the dreamers and visionaries striving to realise their goals. You can do it, regardless of how impossible it seems. This is probably the most important aspect and consequence of what we do here at Koenigsegg.”

The announcement also stated: “The owner of the Agera RS used for this 0-400-0kph run is very keen for us to verify the car’s performance in comparison to other manufacturers.”

Koenigsegg plans better the record with its Regera, a 1479bhp, 1475lb ft, camless hypercar that is tipped to take 20sec to reach 400kph. It has not been revealed when this record attempt will take place.



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