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Koenigsegg Agera RS Sets Yet Another Top Speed Record

This time the record was achieved in the UK after setting five records in Nevada last year.

Koenigsegg recently announced that production of the Agera RS has come to an end, but that hasn’t stopped it from setting yet another top speed record. Last year, the Swedish supercar broke no less than five world records at Nevada. It beat the Bugatti Chiron's 0-249-0 mph record, and also reached an astonishing speed of 284 mph – the fastest speed ever recorded by a production car on a public road. And now Koenigsegg can add one more record to that list.

At a recent Vmax200 event in the UK, the last Agera RS ever built, a blue example dubbed the ‘RSN’ owned by Neil Miller, recorded a speed of 242 mph over a set distance of 1.3 miles, beating the previous 240-mph Vmax200 record over a set distance of 1.4 miles. Incidentally, that record was achieved by a Koenigsegg One:1 back in 2016. VMax200 is a top speed event held several times per year at airfields around the UK, if you weren't aware. The one-off Agera RSN used for the run was specced with the optional one-megawatt engine from the One:1, which cranks the car’s 5.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 up to 1,360 hp and 1,011 lb-ft of torque.

In an early run, Miller achieved a speed of 234 mph in the Agera RS. One hour later, Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja took over for the final runs of the day, topping out at 242 mph and setting a new record. “The car was strong all day. We had to do a little fine tuning on the active rear wing as we progressed through the day so we probably left a few mph on the table for next time,” said Lilja. “Overall, though, it was a very satisfying event, and a good way to back up the experience we had setting five new world records in Nevada last year.” If you’re wonder how the heavier Agera RS beat the One:1 at the Vmax200 event, the One:1 was limited to 240 mph and hit that speed before the finish line.

“It’d be an interesting exercise to remove the limiter one day and see these two cars go head-to-head,” said Oliver Webb, who set the 2016 Vmax200 record in the One:1. “Either way, it’s a wonderful thing that it took a Koenigsegg to break the record held by another Koenigsegg!”

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