Agera sets new record for Bu­gatti to beat

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - SCOTT COL­LIE

JUST weeks after Bu­gatti set a new 0-400-0 km/h world record in the Ch­i­ron, Koenigsegg has smashed it with the Agera RS.

The plucky (or mad) Swedes shaved al­most five sec­onds from the record, and did it with­out the con­sid­er­able might of the VW Group for back­ing.

Even though the record at­tempt was con­ducted on a slip­pery Dan­ish air­field, paved in WW2-era con­crete and cov­ered in awk­ward ex­pan­sion joints, the Agera RS was com­fort­ably faster than the Ch­i­ron. Where the Bu­gatti Vey­ron needed a leisurely 42 sec­onds to ac­cel­er­ate from 0-400 km/h and screech to a halt, the Swedish su­per­car took just 37,28 sec­onds. Just 26,88 sec­onds of that record was taken ac­cel­er­at­ing to 400 km/h, in which time the car cov­ered 1 958 m.

The RS was at a stand­still 9,56 sec­onds after hit­ting that mark, hav­ing cov­ered a fur­ther 483 m.

The car used for the test is a 1 014-kW model des­tined for a cus­tomer in the U.S. The test was ini­tially meant to be con­ducted in Ger­many, but poor weather put an end to those plans, forc­ing a rapid resched­ule.

The new venue, which also hap­pens to be the big­gest so­lar farm in Scan­di­navia, was con­firmed just 12 hours be­fore Koenigsegg left the fac­tory.

Driver Nik­las Lilja grad­u­ally built up to the record over the course of the day.

He was busy be­hind the wheel, mak­ing con­stant cor­rec­tions to the wheel and fight­ing wheel spin on the first three gear changes. Just imag­ine how much faster it would’ve been on smooth, grippy tar­mac. Your move, Bu­gatti.

— New At­las.

PHOTO: KOENIGSEGG

The Koenigsegg Agera RS set a new 0-400-0 km/h record

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