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RE: Over-the-shoulder in the Agera RS

RE: Over-the-shoulder in the Agera RS

Thursday 7th December

Over-the-shoulder in the Agera RS

Koenigsegg shows its test driver going faster in a production car than any man before - and shattering five records in the process



Koenigsegg has released additional in-car footage of the Agera RS's record-breaking run in Nevada last month. This time we actually get to see Niklas Lilja - one the manufacturer's test drivers - being bounced around by the effort of going beyond 270mph on a public road.

The video (and Koenigsegg testimony) confirms that Lilja built up to the target speed gradually - or up to around 190mph at any rate - before full throttle and a lo-ot of road finally delivered 284.55mph on this, the quickest run of the day. Given the "undulating" nature of the highway (Koenigsegg's description) we rather think he earned the fist pump at the end.

As well as setting the highest top speed for a production vehicle - 277.87mph, the average of two runs in the opposite direction - Lilja and the RS set four more world records that morning: 0-400-0 km/h, a flying kilometer on a public road, a flying mile on a public road and the highest speed achieved on a public road.

Interestingly, the flying kilometre had apparently stood for nearly 80 years, having been set in 1938 by Rudolf Caracciola on the Autobahn between Frankfurt and Dormstadt aboard a modified Mercedes W125 racecar. That he managed an average speed of 268mph on thirties era tyres does rather require a solemn doffing of the cap.

Koenigsegg - as we've previously reported - stuck with the RS's standard Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 rubber, and only used one set of tyres to achieve all five records. It was also a customer car, albeit one fitted with an optional roll cage and the 1MW engine upgrade which extracts 1360hp from the 5.0-litre V8 when running on E85 fuel.

The owner of the car - along with other US-based Koenigsegg buyers - was responsible for facilitating what the company calls a "massive logistical exercise" which of course included closing a significant amount of not completely flat Nevada highway. An 11km stretch which now goes into the history books alongside the remarkable Agera RS and its unflinching pilot.

 

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RB Will

Original Poster:

4,921 posts

164 months

Thursday 7th December
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I bounce around more than that driving the Wife's Mini at 30mph!

cypriot

180 posts

23 months

Thursday 7th December
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an average of 268mph in 1938?!?! my god.... that required a serious set of minerals!

Regiment

2,564 posts

83 months

Thursday 7th December
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Wait...I’ve got a 5l V8 in my Mustang biggrin

civiclegend

131 posts

94 months

Thursday 7th December
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I've been to see the memorial to Rosemeyer on that stretch of autobahn.

A no-frills, perfunctory little site. Still sent serious chills down my spine. Not just that he died, but at what they achieved there, insanity. Which of course, it ultimately was, as the Fuhrer simply demanded MORE.

Krikkit

11,048 posts

105 months

Thursday 7th December
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The way that thing pulls over 200 mph is absolutely incredible. Most worrying isn't just the bumps, but the way the front end keeps darting around at 250mph!
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Midgster

281 posts

158 months

Thursday 7th December
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and he starts fiddling with the GPS speed thingy while still doing 200mph.

ZOLLAR

18,946 posts

97 months

Thursday 7th December
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Midgster said:
and he starts fiddling with the GPS speed thingy while still doing 200mph.
I noticed that hehe

My knuckles would be white gripping the steering wheel at 200!

Debaser

3,130 posts

185 months

Thursday 7th December
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Good effort!

ChawenHalo

44 posts

53 months

Thursday 7th December
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RB Will said:
I bounce around more than that driving the Wife's Mini at 30mph!
laugh At least you get to drive the wife's Mini. Trouble & Strife's a 1992 and my feet are too big...

SturdyHSV

5,808 posts

91 months

Saturday 9th December
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cypriot said:
an average of 268mph in 1938?!?! my god.... that required a serious set of minerals!
I've no idea how I've made it this far in my car loving life being totally unaware that such a thing happened!

I would have been impressed if they'd averaged 168mph in 1938 yikes

I had no idea we'd gone so fast so quickly, I must read more.