Koenigsegg beats Bugatti to title of world's fastest auto

Koenigsegg Agera RS

This may make the Agera RS the world's fastest street legal production auto.

The Swedish vehicle maker snatched the crown off French powerhouse Bugatti on Saturday with two blistering speed runs down a highway in Nevada. On Saturday, factory driver Niklas Lilja reached 277.9 miles per hour (447.1km/h) in one of the company's Agera RS hypercars.

The hypercar was driven on two runs in opposite directions of an 11-mile stretch of closed public highway between Las Vegas and Pahrump.

This means the auto has dethroned the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, the magazine says, which set the previous record with a speed of 268mph in 2010.

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Koenigsegg also claims to have set another record on the day. All data on the day was recorded and verified on site by Racelogic. Lau also said that, since the event wasn't a tightly embargoed automaker event, some misinformation was leaking throughout the day - like a reported top speed of 291 miles per hour.

The Agera RS has a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing a staggering 1,380bhp. 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.

To hit these incredible speeds, the Agera RS is built using a lightweight carbon fiber body and an aluminum honeycomb monocoque structure.

The Swedish hypercar firm confirmed on Twitter earlier today that the Agera's factory-fitted Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s were used for the run, but other than that, we don't know a huge amount about the feat - full details are expected to be revealed soon.

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