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Koenigsegg Agera RS Sets New Production Car Land Speed Record: 284.55 miles per hour

Koenigsegg Agera RS Sets New Production Car Land Speed Record: 284.55 miles per hour

The Koenigsegg managed to beat the former record-holding Hennessey Venom GT's run by 7mph.

How fast can the world's fastest production cars get?

After a couple of long runs down a closed Nevada desert highway, Koenigsegg factory test driver Niklas Lilja managed to clock the fastest speed recorded for a production auto. Earlier in October, Koenigsegg took another record from Bugatti, smashing the 0-400-0 km/h record.

The Agera RS made the trip to America and was in Nevada over the weekend with special permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation to close a section of the road linking Las Vegas and Pahrump. At its test run in Nevada, US, Koenigsegg's Agera RS clocked 277.9mph (447kmph) on public roads, making it officially the fastest auto in the world as of today.

Swedish high-performance auto manufacturer Koenigsegg has broken the top speed record for a production vehicle.

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To hit these incredible speeds, the Agera RS is built using a lightweight carbon fiber body and an aluminum honeycomb monocoque structure. This is not the first time that Koenigsegg broke a world record held by Bugatti, as it happened just last month.

The project was launched almost a decade ago in 2008, and as part of its preparations it will attempt to break the current world land speed record of 763mph in 2019.

The video shows both runs: one with a top speed of about 438km/h, the other way up there at 457km/h.

The Koenigsegg Agera RS that set the new world speed record for a production vehicle was a red one powered by 1,360 bhp RS's 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and removable roll-cage.

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