Bug Squasher

Koenigsegg annihilates the Chiron’s 0-400-0km/h record

THE INK had barely dried on Bugatti’s 0-400-0km/h record before Koenigsegg blew it to smithereens.

Using a US customer’s Agera RS, Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja slashed a massive 5.52sec from Bugatti’s attempt, set using a Chiron driven by Juan Pablo Montoya, completing the run in 36.44sec.

Koenigsegg’s confidence in the ability of the Agera RS was evident in its choice of test location. An inclement weather forecast forced a last-minute switch from Papenburg in Germany to Vandel airfield in Denmark, which is just 2.8km in length – the Chiron required 3.112km to complete its 0-400-0km/h run.

Braking performance between the two ultra-exclusive hypercars is very similar. The Chiron took 9.4sec and 491m to stop from 400km/h, whereas the Agera RS managed the feat in 9.56sec and 483m, however, the Koenigsegg’s acceleration is in a different league.

Despite the traction limitations of rear-wheel drive – Koenigsegg’s data trace showed the final traction control intervention was at 183km/h – the Agera RS’s combination of a 1395kg kerb weight and 1000kW/1371Nm 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 rocketed it to 400km/h in 26.88sec and 1958m.

The 1103kW/1600Nm, 1995kg Chiron required 32.6sec and 2621m to hit the same mark.

Driver Lilja transitioned from full throttle to full brake in just 0.84sec, however, in that time the Agera RS traveled another 94m with speed creeping up to 403km/h. The entire run from 0-403-0km/h took 37.28sec and covered 2535m.

In a statement on Koenigsegg’s website company founder and CEO Christian von Koenigsegg 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. Building these cars takes everything we have.”

The Swedish hypercar maker had been planning an attempt with its radical hybrid Regera, however, the US customer asked for their Agera RS to be used “to verify its performance in comparison to other manufacturers” according to Koenigsegg. Just 25 Agera RSs will be made and all have been sold.

THE 400KM/H CLUB

Six cars that redefi ned fast

Dauer 962 – 404.6km/h

Road-going Le Mans racer’s top speed verified in 1998.

Callaway Sledgehammer – 410km/h

Lingenfelter-built 6.0-litre twin-turbo V8 produced 670kW/1046Nm.

SSC Ultimate Aero – 412.3km/h

Briefly the fastest car in the world, until the Veyron Super Sport arrived.

Bugatti Chiron – 420km/h*

Can go faster, will go faster, but by how much? Can it top 450km/h?

Bugatti Veyron SS – 431.07km/h

Still the daddy, setting its official twoway record at Ehra-Lessien in 2010.

Hennessey Venom GT – 435.31km/h

Not an official record as speed is set in one direction only, but plenty fast for us.