Just a few weeks ago Bugatti set a record for the fastest 0-400-0 km/h time. This week Bugatti had to pass its crown to the Koenigsegg Agera RS.
One may have thought that the Regera hypercar didn’t need any improvements. But Koenigsegg felt otherwise and released the Aero Package on the Koenigsegg Agera RS. Prior to the debut of the new aerodynamic package for the Regera at Pebble Beach in August, the Swedish manufacturer has been relatively quiet.
However, Koenigsegg re-appeared in style:
On October 2nd the company posted this to Instagram:
“Agera RS pre-delivery shake run. Beautiful autumn day… Long airstrip…. Bye-bye Bu…? To be followed….”
We all love an automotive rivalry and speculations began. Then on October 4th this followed:
All assumptions were immediately then put to rest as we all waited for the next comms.
Then the automaker released all the details.
On Sunday, October 1st 2017, the Koenigsegg Agera RS completed a run accelerating from 0 to 400km/h and back to 0 in 36.44 seconds. It wiped out the Chiron’s time by a good margin, and just to recap, Bugatti’s Chiron achieved that time in 41.96 seconds.
The car was driven by a Koenigsegg factory driver named Niklas Lilja at the Vandel Airfield in Denmark.
As per Koenigsegg, “The Agera RS took 26.88 seconds to accelerate to 400 km/h over a distance of 1,958 meters. Deceleration took 9.56 seconds over 483 meters. The total distance used for 0-400-0 was 2,441 meters.”
However, these were the times achieved for the 0-400-0 km/h run. “The entire run saw a speed of 403 km/h attained before deceleration began. The entire run from 0-403-0 km/h took 37.28 seconds over a distance of 2,535m.” That is, just, mindblowing!
Putting the Agera RS to work:
The car was new from the factory and had to do a series of runs throughout the day. According to the automaker, “the only testing prior to this was done at speeds just above 300 on our 1400m airstrip.” The speed was increased over each run so performance and stability could be assessed.
These were the assessment runs:
First a 0-350 km/h,
Then 0-360 km/h,
The car had apparently performed “solidly throughout.” Minor software calibrations were made to the rear wing angle in order to reduce drag at high speed (this setting is now standard at high speeds). The car was then ready for its 400 km/h run.
The Founder and CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg commented on the run, saying:
“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. Building these cars takes everything we have. We give it our all, every day of every week. Without this commitment to excellence, we would not be worthy of either the result or the reward.”