Bug Squasher

Koenigsegg an­ni­hi­lates the Ch­i­ron’s 0-400-0km/h record

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THE INK had barely dried on

Bu­gatti’s 0-400-0km/h record be­fore Koenigsegg blew it to smithereens. Us­ing a US cus­tomer’s Agera RS, Koenigsegg fac­tory driver Nik­las

Lilja slashed a mas­sive 5.52sec from Bu­gatti’s at­tempt, set us­ing a Ch­i­ron driven by Juan Pablo Mon­toya, com­plet­ing the run in 36.44sec.

Koenigsegg’s con­fi­dence in the abil­ity of the Agera RS was ev­i­dent in its choice of test lo­ca­tion. An in­clement weather fore­cast forced a last-minute switch from Papen­burg in Ger­many to Van­del air­field in Den­mark, which is just 2.8km in length – the Ch­i­ron re­quired 3.112km to com­plete its 0-400-0km/h run.

Brak­ing per­for­mance be­tween the two ul­tra-ex­clu­sive hy­per­cars is very sim­i­lar. The Ch­i­ron took 9.4sec and 491m to stop from 400km/h, whereas the Agera RS man­aged the feat in 9.56sec and 483m, how­ever, the Koenigsegg’s ac­cel­er­a­tion is in a dif­fer­ent league.

De­spite the trac­tion lim­i­ta­tions of rear-wheel drive – Koenigsegg’s data trace showed the fi­nal trac­tion con­trol in­ter­ven­tion was at 183km/h – the Agera RS’s com­bi­na­tion of a 1395kg kerb weight and 1000kW/1371Nm 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 rock­eted it to 400km/h in 26.88sec and 1958m. The 1103kW/1600Nm, 1995kg Ch­i­ron re­quired 32.6sec and 2621m to hit the same mark.

Driver Lilja tran­si­tioned from full throt­tle to full brake in just 0.84sec, how­ever, in that time the Agera RS trav­eled an­other 94m with speed creep­ing up to 403km/h. The en­tire run from 0-403-0km/h took 37.28sec and cov­ered 2535m.

In a state­ment on Koenigsegg’s web­site com­pany founder and CEO Chris­tian von Koenigsegg said: “It makes me so proud, so happy and ex­cited to see what we have achieved as a team with the Agera RS. A re­sult like this does not just hap­pen. It may have only taken a few hours of driv­ing to com­plete this run, but we can­not over­look all of the work that went into creat­ing the car in the first place. Build­ing th­ese cars takes ev­ery­thing we have.”

The Swedish hy­per­car maker had been plan­ning an at­tempt with its rad­i­cal hy­brid Regera, how­ever, the US cus­tomer asked for their

Agera RS to be used “to ver­ify its per­for­mance in com­par­i­son to other man­u­fac­tur­ers” ac­cord­ing to Koenigsegg. Just 25 Agera RSs will be made and all have been sold.

The per­for­mance of the Agera RS is a credit to Chris­tian von Koenigsegg and his tiny team

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