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08 November 2017, 12:16 | Cedric Leonard
The fastest car ever made: Koenigsegg reaches 284.5MPH in record-breaking run on dead straight Nevada road
On the reverse run, the Koenigsegg was clocked at 271mph, so the average top speed was 277.9mph.
That accolade came thanks to the Swedish missile hitting 447 km/h (make that 277.9 mph), a feat that took place in Pahrump, NV.
Factory driver Niklas Lilja, who completed the run, said: 'I wasn't nervous.
Last month, Bugatti set an acceleration and deceleration record, taking the Chiron hypercar from a dead stop to 248.5 miles per hour (400 km/h) then back to a stop again in a mind-bending 42.
Koenigsegg also claims to have set another record on the day. Bugatti, of course, has since launched the more powerful Chiron hypercar and will make its own attempt on the production vehicle land speed record in 2018.
For those out of the loop, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8-powered Swedish hypercar. Since this was a world record attempt, the speed was verified by a third-party company called Racelogic.
On its first run the Koenigsegg registered a top speed of 271.2mph, beating the Veyron even while battling an incline and oncoming winds. With Lilja behind the wheel, the Agera RS managed to go from 0 to 401.78 kph (249.65 mph) and back to 0 in just 33.87 seconds.
You can watch both high-speed runs in the video above, which was posted on YouTube by Julian Thomas.
No matter what, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is unofficially the world's fastest hypercar. 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.
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