Koenigsegg Just Broke a World Record… And it Wasn’t Even Close (Or Their Best Car)
0-249-0 MPH in 36.44 Seconds. Is that even possible? Turns out, it is.
On a forgotten Danish Air base in Vandel, Denmark, history was made last Sunday in a Koenigsegg Agera RS. On the heels of a record-setting acceleration and deceleration run by the Bugatti Chiron last month, performed on smooth, level pavement with Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Koenigsegg essentially said, “Yeah? I can do you one better… Or like, seven better, probably.”
So, Koenigsegg put factory driver Niklas Lilja in the cockpit of an Agera RS recently purchased by a customer in the United States and asked him to verify what this puppy could do for its new owner. Clocking in a shade under 37 seconds (36.44 to be exact), the souped-up Agera RS beat Bugatti’s newborn record before it could even reach adolescence. Besting their competitor by more than 5 seconds, Koenigsegg proved their hypercar superiority yet again with a car that is, in fact, five years older than the Bugatti Chiron.
The best part? They did it all on an old concrete yard full of potholes and bumps, with a car that still had protective industrial tape all over it. The surface provided such a low level of grip that the data from the run showed traction control was engaging through the first three gears. The highest-speed instance of traction control stepping in was recorded at 113 mph during 3rd and 4th gears.
They set a world record, despite the adverse conditions. Talk about a statement.
Now it’s important to note that this wasn’t just the standard model of the Agera RS. This one was modified with Koenigsegg’s 1MW engine, featuring about 200 more horsepower than the typical engine found in the Agera RS. During the run, the car reached 248 mph in just 26.88 seconds and 1.22 miles. Deceleration back to zero took 9.56 seconds in the space of about 0.3 miles. The total 1.57 mile run was completed on a 1.7 mile runway, not leaving much space for error, but the carbon ceramic discs and bespoke calipers of the Agera RS’s brakes held true, as did the 5.0-liter V8 engine and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 rear tires.
The scariest piece of this is that this may not even be Koenigsegg’s fastest car. The run was originally planned to be completed with the Regera, a limited production hypercar that Koenigsegg claims can go 0-249mph in 20 seconds. With 0.93 horsepower per kilogram and a staggering 1,500 total horsepower, this one could actually be capable of making the run faster than the Agera RS. For this run, however, Koenigsegg had to settle for their second best, which didn’t turn out to be too shabby in the end. You can watch the whole video here:
We’ll end with this amazing motivational nugget from founder and CEO Christian von Koenigsegg following the run:
“Dreams can become reality. The story of David and Goliath continues to resonate. It is so important to visualize 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.”
In case you missed the Bugatti Chiron run: