Forget Bugatti, Koenigsegg Agera becomes fastest auto in the world

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The above video shows just that and features Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja hitting almost 300 miles per hour. American tuner, Hennesey, claimed it built the world's fastest vehicle with its 968kW, Lotus-based Venom GT after it questioned whether the Veyron's long-standing record was illegitimate as the auto was driven without its electronic speed limiter, and therefore not representative of its road-going specification.

Over the weekend Koenigsegg took it Agera RS out to a closed off 11-mile stretch of public highway in Nevada and set off to clobber Bugatti. The French auto manufacturer's successor to the Veyron, the Chiron, has yet to complete a top speed run. Guiness World Records iniitally recalled its status, but later re-instated the Veyron to the top spot after an investigation where it stated "a change to the speed limiter does not alter the fundamental design of the auto or its engine". It recently announced that the successor to the Venom GT, the 1600-bhp Venom F5, could break the 300-mph limit. With 1,600 horsepower on tap, the Hennessey's actually the most powerful here.

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The auto is owned by Mark Stidham who actually organized the attempt together with his mates Jeffrey Cheng and John Morris. As mentioned, a factory driver was behind the wheel. The company beat its own record for the 0-400-0 kph (0-248.54-0 mph) run. In comparison, Bugatti's Chiron needs about 42 seconds to achieve the same feat.

It's also said that the Agera RS's surge of torque did not drop off after 240 miles per hour. The tires that were used are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and Michelin reps were on hand to be sure everything was good with the tires.