Think your car is fast? Well, answer me this, how quickly can it rally up to 248mph and come back down to a stone-cold stop?
Chances are, unless you’re driving a rocket ship, it can’t. Most cars are electronically limited to 155mph, so you can understand why several minds were blown in the Petrol News office this week when a ridiculous hypercar set a new record time for going from 0 to 248mph and back to zero again.
The magnificent Bugatti Chiron set a new 0-248-0mph record in early September, managing the feat in 41.92 seconds.
However, high-up execs at the Volkswagen Group will be livid, because that record has lasted mere weeks; the 1,341bhp Koenigsegg Agera RS has just smashed it with a time of 36.44 seconds.
This kind of pace demands closer inspection and the Agera RS shot to 248mph in 26.88 seconds – 5.5 seconds quicker than the Chiron – before plonking to a halt in 9.56 seconds.
With just 2.8 kilometres to go at, there were actually concerns that Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja (also of Scandinavian Touring Car Championship fame) would run out of track. Reaching 248mph took up 1.95km, so that left barely a kilometre to stop.
Luckily, Niklas knew the car well and was well aware of where he had to start slowing down.
You can watch the full 0-248-0mph feat right here:
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “This achievement defies belief and our jaws dropped to the ground when we watched the clip. Well done Koenigsegg, you’ve recorded a spectacular world record and angered every single person at Bugatti in the process.”
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