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Watch: Koenigsegg Agera RS smashes 0-249mph-0 world record

Published: 05 October 2017

► 0-249mph-0 record smashed
► Agera RS production car beats Chiron
► New world record time

Remember when the Bugatti Chiron broke the world record for the fastest 0-249mph-0 acceleration and braking time? You probably should – it was only recorded in early September 2017.

Well, Koenigsegg has smashed that time out of the park. The Chiron managed it in 41.92 seconds, while a production-spec Koenigsegg Agera RS bound for the US clocked in at 36.44 seconds. Yes, the Agera RS did the sprint around 5.5 seconds quicker than the warp-enabled Chiron.

The Agera RS was driven by Niklas Lilja at Vandel Airfield in Denmark. The 0-249mph-0 (o r 0-400kmh-0) run’s distance was measured at 2441 metres, with the Agera taking 26.88 seconds to accelerate to 249mph and 9.56 seconds to decelerate again.

Koenigsegg Agera RS world record

Christian von Koenigsegg, founder and CEO, 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.’

‘Dreams CAN become reality. YOU CAN DO IT, regardless of how impossible it seems. This is probably the most important aspect and consequence of what we do here at Koenigsegg.’

The full run, which included an overrun to 403kmh, took 37.28 seconds.

The Agera RS used was a production car destined for a buyer in the US, fitted with the optional removable roll cage. Koenigsegg is keen to point out that the yellow tape around the splitters and dive planes is what they use during the delivery period, and they ‘did not have time to remove it.’

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches