Well that didn’t take long, did it?
Less than a month ago, Bugatti was bragging about the Chiron breaking a new speed record, in which the 1,500-hp hypercar managed to hit 0-249-0 mph in 41.96 seconds with former Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya behind the wheel. It was so blazingly fast, it required another Chiron to act as a camera car to keep up with it. This clearly caught the attention Koenigsegg, as the Swedish supercar manufacturer recently baited Bugatti with a mysterious social media post implying that it’s already beaten the record.
The mystery has now been solved, as Koenigsegg has revealed the Agera RS has set a new 0-249-0 mph record - and it absolutely destroys the Chiron’s time. Last Sunday on October 1st, the frighteningly fast Koenigsegg Agera RS managed to accelerate from 0-249 mph and then come back to a standstill in a staggering 36.44 seconds.
That’s seriously quick by any measure, but to put things in perspective the hypercar beat the Chiron’s time by over five seconds. The record was set by Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja at the Vandel Airfield in Denmark. It took just 26.88 seconds for the Agera RS to accelerate to 249 mph over 1.21 miles. Deceleration then took 9.56 seconds over 0.3 miles. Incredibly, the Agera RS went even faster during the entire run, reaching 250 mph before coming to a stop in 37.28 seconds, covering total a distance of 1.57 miles. Performance data was captured using an AiM EVO5 data logger along with an AiM GPS08.
The run was originally scheduled to take place between September 30th and October 2nd at the Papenburg test facility in Germany, but these plans were scrapped because of bad weather. Another opportunity arose thanks to a spell of good weather in southern Scandinavia, so the team embarked on a lengthy four-hour drive to the Vandel airfield. The arrangement was so last-minute, the Agera RS was still wrapped with protective industrial tape over various surfaces to keep it safe from debris. Since the airfield has been closed for 14 years, the condition of the track surface wasn’t ideal.
Lilja had to deal with bumps and potholes, and adjust his steering accordingly while gaining speed. Prior to its record run, the Agera RS hasn’t been tested at such extreme speeds, so Koenigsegg had to make a minor software calibration change to the rear wing angle to reduce drag. This record is also likely to be broken again, as Koenigsegg is planning to attempt the same run in the 1,500-hp Regera hypercar. An Agera RS was chosen in the meantime because its owner wanted to verify its performance. The car used is due to be delivered in the US, and was equipped with Koenigsegg’s One:1 upgrade package which boosts the power of its 5.0-liter V8 engine to 1,360-hp and 1,011 lb-ft of torque.