The Koenigsegg Agera RS is still the king of the road

On October 2020, SSC announced that it has set a new top speed record for production cars with the Tuatara, which hit an average 316 mph on a road in Nevada. But a few famous YouTubers revealed that the official video actually shows a slower speed than SSC’s telemetry system and the American company announced that it will redo its run with better footage. As result, the Koenigsegg Agera RS remains the world’s fastest production car and the Swedish carmaker was quick to brag about it record still standing after three years.

Koenigsegg is celebrating three years since it set its top speed record

Koenigsegg broke the top speed record for production cars on November 4, 2017, when the Agera RS was driven to an average top speed of 277.9 mph on an 11-mile section of Nevada State Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump.

At the time, Koenigsegg broke a record of 267.8 mph that Bugatti had established with the Veyron Super Sport all the way back in 2010.

With no official record from SSC, Koenigsegg retained its benchmark long enough to celebrate three full years since the achievement took place.

"It’s been three years but we remember it like it was yesterday. The fastidious toil and incredible guts that went into the making of the top speed record of the world’s fastest production car with the Agera RS. Here’s celebrating the title a third year running and to an even more exciting road ahead!" the Swedish brand said on its social media channels, while also posting a photo of the already iconic red Agera RS that set the record.

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Some say that Koenigsegg’s post is supposed to be directed at SSC, which failed to verify the Tuatara’s record, but the Swedish carmaker has every right to brag. With no official verification for SSC, the Koenigsegg Agera RS remains the world’s fastest car in the official ranking. SSC will probably return with new footage and better verification, but until that happens, and it will take a while, Koenigsegg will hold on to this benchmark.

And before you argue that Bugatti also went past the 300-mph mark with the Chiron Super Sport 300+, that record is by no means official. Not only the car used for the run was different than the production model, but it also hit its top speed during just one run, not two as required by the Guinness Book of Records. At 304.77 mph, the Super Sport 300+ is indeed the fastest car out there as of November 2020, but its record can’t be included in the official ranking.

What happened to SSC’s record?

2020 SSC Tuatara
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Several famous YouTubers released videos in which they prove that images from SSC’s record footage and the telemetry system didn’t match up. While the telemetry system showed speeds in excess of 300 mph, the footage suggested that the Tuatara did not run beyond 280 mph, especially when compared to Koenigsegg’s video from the same location.

SSC first denied these claims and stated that data and measurement company Dewetron verified its record.

But the Austrian company issued its own press release to deny that its employees were present at the event. SSC eventually released a new statement to announce that it will make a follow-up record run with more camera and more witnesses.

2020 SSC Tuatara Exterior
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But it also seems that SSC has not homologated the Tuatara for road use, so at the time of this writing it is not street legal. That’s something that SSC will probably fix.

If the SSC Tuatara manages to hit an average 316 mph again and verify it accordingly, it will become the world’s fastest production car in the official ranking. It will surpass Koenigsegg’s record by almost 40 mph, but it will also top Bugatti’s unofficial benchmark by at least 10 mph.

Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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