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The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Might Have An Unbeatable Top Speed

The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Might Have An Unbeatable Top Speed

In theory, the Jesko Absolut can do 330 mph without specially made tires

When the Geneva Auto Show was canceled, just about every other automaker stopped what they were doing and started tearing down their stands. Then there was Koenigsegg that continued to build its entire show-worthy outfit. Nobody really understood why until Christian von Koenigsegg kicked off a live presentation from that very booth. That’s when we learned about the awesome engineering feat that came courtesy of the new 2021 Gemera Hyper GT but before that happened we learned a lot about the new Jesko Absolut – a model that aims to be the fastest car Koenigsegg will ever build and one that, apparently, might be able to break not only the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+’s record but the mythical road-car speed of 330 mph.

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On-Board Video Shows Koenigsegg Regera Romp Its Way To Record 0-249-0 MPH Run

On-Board Video Shows Koenigsegg Regera Romp Its Way To Record 0-249-0 MPH Run

The Regera makes it look so easy, but it’s not as easy as it looks for the man driving the hypercar

The Koenigsegg Regera’s record-setting 0-250-0 mph run was the talk of the auto world late last month, largely because the hypercar needed only 31.49 seconds to do it. Not only did the Regera establish a world record, but it did so by shattering the previous record — held by the Koenigsegg Agera RS — by almost two seconds. This new record is the kind that other automakers would die to own, but at this point, it’s become kind of old hat for a company like Koenigsegg. This is, after all, the same car brand that officially owns the fastest production car title record, among other records. The Swedish automaker provided footage of the Regera’s record-breaking run, and while it did look like the Regera could’ve waltzed its way into the record books, the same scene looks completely different from inside the hypercar. That’s the video we’re about to see and it tells a lot from the perspective of Koenigsegg factory driver Sonny Persson, the man who drove the Regera to the record books.

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Koenigsegg Agera RSN Lays Waste To VMax200 Top Speed Record

Koenigsegg Agera RSN Lays Waste To VMax200 Top Speed Record

It’s another day in the record-breaking life of the Koenigsegg Agera RS

The Koenigsegg Agera RSN has set a new VMax200 top speed record, eclipsing the two-year record held by another Koenigsegg, the One:1. For those who aren’t familiar with the VMax200, it’s a top speed event that’s held several times per year at airfields around the U.K. The latest edition took place over the weekend on a 2.1-km track at Kendew Barracks, an airfield located east of Leicester. The Agera RSN — it’s actually an Agera RS — turned in a scintillating run with Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja behind the wheel.

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Koenigsegg's New Speed Record Doesn't Mean Squat

Koenigsegg’s New Speed Record Doesn’t Mean Squat

Hurray for outstanding specs we can’t enjoy!

I wasn’t planning to blab about cars again anytime soon, but something amazing happened this weekend: someone actually smashed Bugatti’s world speed record for production cars after a whopping seven years. If you’ve been living under a rock, a Koenigsegg Agera RS averaged 277.9 mph on a two-way run on a highway in Nevada, beating the record set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2010 by 10 mph. An impressive display by the Swedish automaker, achieved with a production model that was actually borrowed from a customer. The record has yet to be confirmed by Guinness World Records as of this writing, but whether it qualifies or not, the Agera RS’s run will remain an important page in high-performance automotive history. However, I still think that all this ludicrous speed stuff for production cars is absolute nonsense.

Before I move any further, I want to make it clear that I’m not questioning Koenigsegg’s big achievement. I’ve already seen all sorts of comments questioning whether the record was set using a stock car with stock parts and a production setup. Those are made by morons. First, Koenigsegg isn’t the type of company that would risk damaging its relationship with its customers by lying to the extent that most automakers do when setting records, especially track records at the Nurburgring. Second, I don’t think it’s a record that the Swedish firm was actually dying to own. It just happened, and it didn’t make a big fuss about it. And, it was very entitled to make a big fuss given that the Agera RS hit a top speed of 284 mph. That’s just a hair away from the magic 300-mph mark. But I digress...

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Koenigsegg Agera RS Goes Bonkers, Claims Top Speed Title From Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Koenigsegg Agera RS Goes Bonkers, Claims Top Speed Title From Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Don’t celebrate just yet, Koenigsegg. Hennessey may have something to say about the new record

Seven years after the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport ascended to the throne as the fastest production car in the world, the almighty French supercar has finally - and officially - ceded the throne to the Koenigsegg Agera RS. The Swedish exotic pulled out a stunning display of power and speed on its way to hitting an average top speed of 277.9 mph, easily upending the Veyron Super Sport’s previous top speed record of 267.81 mph.

The record-setting run took place on a closed section of a road located near Las Vegas, Nevada after Koenigsegg reportedly received special permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation to close the road in order to perform the high-speed run. With permission granted, the company made the most out of it in an all-out attempt that had no less than company founder Christian von Koenigsegg in attendance. Video footage of the run even captured the 1,360-horsepower Agera RS hitting 284.3 mph in the second of two runs to firmly establish itself as the new title-holder of the “fastest production car in the world” crown.

And, if there’s still any speck of doubt left surrounding the Agera RS’ record-setting run, the whole episode was documented and recorded by Racelogic with the VBOX HD2 camera. There should be no doubt, then, in the eyes of everyone, including the Guinness Book of World of Records, that the Koenigsegg Agera RS is now the fastest production car in the record books. How long it’ll hold that title remains to be seen, but for now, there’s reason to celebrate over there in Ängelholm, Sweden.

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Koenigsegg Agera RS Smashes Bugatti Chiron Record

Koenigsegg Agera RS Smashes Bugatti Chiron Record

By a whopping five seconds!

Ever since Bugatti unveiled the Chiron, we’ve been anxiously waiting for a new top speed world record for production cars from the French automaker. But, we didn’t get it. Instead, Bugatti set a new record for accelerating from 0 to 400 kph and coming back to a stop, achieving it in 41.96 seconds. Pretty impressive, huh? Well, it was for a little more than a month, because Koenigsegg just smashed that record by a whopping five seconds. Specifically, an Agera RS supercar was driven by Niklas Lilja to 400 kph (248.5 mph) from a standing start and then back to a full stop in only 36.44 clicks.

The record was set on October 1, 2017, at Vandel Airfield in Denmark. The Agera RS took 26.88 seconds to accelerate to 400 kph over a distance of 1,958 meters (1.21 miles, while deceleration took 9.56 seconds over 483 meters (0.3 miles). The total distance used for the 0-to-400-to-0 kph run was 2,441 meters (1.51 miles). During another run, the Swedish supercar hit 403 kph (250.4 mph) and came to a halt after 37.28 seconds, also faster than the Chiron. The Agera RS used for this record is a stock production model destined for delivery in the United States. Powered by the familiar 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 1,360 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque, the car is equipped with the optional and removable roll cage.

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Koenigsegg Throws Shade At The Bugatti Chiron's 0-400-0 KM/H Record

Koenigsegg Throws Shade At The Bugatti Chiron’s 0-400-0 KM/H Record

Automotive pettiness at the highest level

As competitive as the auto industry is, you can always count on it being extraordinarily petty at times. Case in point: Koenigsegg, the sometimes benevolent Swedish supercar brand, has just posted a photo of the Agera RS on its Facebook page, seemingly mocking the Bugatti Chiron’s recent 0-400-0 km/h (0-248-0 mph) record with a message that read: “0-400-OMG.”

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what Koenigsegg’s implying with the message. Apparently, the Chiron’s ability to travel from 0 to 400 km/h and back to 0 km/h in 41.96 seconds - a world record, by the way - isn’t fast enough. Koenigsegg didn’t elaborate any further on the meaning of the message beyond saying “coming soon!” That part is interesting because it’s understood that Koenigsegg’s thinly-veiled message aimed at Bugatti could be a precursor for something extraordinary, possibly an attempt by the Agera RS to beat the Chiron’s record, if it hasn’t done it already. The Koenigsegg supercar certainly has the credentials to pull it off, especially if it’s equipped with the One:1 upgrade package that brings its output up to 1,360 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque. So, can the Koenigsegg Agera RS beat the Bugatti Chiron’s “stop-blast off-stop again” record? We can only know if Koenigsegg shows us, which we’re now expecting to see sooner than later.

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Koenigsegg One:1 Destroys Vmax200 Speed Record

Koenigsegg One:1 Destroys Vmax200 Speed Record

Three record-setting runs in one day is no sweat for the megacar

The Koenigsegg One:1 doesn’t play by normal automotive rules. That much has been established as the One:1 has set just about every record it has attempted to break. But as awesome as the One:1 is, nobody could’ve expected it to set and break a speed record three times in one day. Turns out, the One:1 did just that, hitting a personal best 240 mph at the Vmax200 to secure the speed record of the prestigious event.

For those who don’t know, the Vmax200 is considered as one of the premiere U.K.-based, top-speed driving events where owners of sports cars, supercars, and hypercars come together at a private runway to showcase what their prized exotics are capable of. In other words, it was an event that perfectly suited the One:1 to showcase its all-conquering capabilities, which is exactly what the megacar did.

With World Endurance Championship driver Oliver Webb behind the wheel, the One:1 immediately set the bar for itself by going 230 mph over the 1.4 mile track at Bruntingthorpe, in the United Kingdom. That broke a three-year old record set by a heavily tuned Porsche 911, which went 229 mph back in 2013. Unfortunately for the One:1, it’s record was broken less than a few minutes later by another tuned Porsche that went 231 mph and when rain hit soon thereafter, it appeared that the One:1 would have to be content with a second-place finish on the record books.

But Webb was undaunted and even a slightly damp strip and a passenger riding shotgun couldn’t stop from going 235 mph, once again giving the One:1 the record. The attempts could’ve stopped there, but the BHP Project, the people that brought the One:1 to this event, wanted one more crack at setting a new record. As expected, the One:1 did not disappoint by going an incredible 240 mph, 11 mph than the record that stood when the event began that day.

It’s hard enough to set one record in one day, but to do it three in a space of a few hours is the stuff of automotive immortals. That’s a status reserved only for the best and there’s no denying that the Koenigsegg One:1 has earned a seat in that table.

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Koenigsegg Returns To Nurbrugring, Prepares for World Record Attempt

Koenigsegg Returns To Nurbrugring, Prepares for World Record Attempt

Will the One:1 become the fastest production car on the ’Ring?

Swedish supercar brand Koenigsegg has unveiled plans to return to the Nurburgring track with its One:1 now that the German track has lifted the speed limits it introduced in 2015. The brand known to build some of the fastest and most exclusive hypercars in the world will attempt to set a new lap record on the Nordschleife loop, an attempt that was cut short when ‘Ring management put temporary speed limits in place on certain sections of the track following a VLN crash that killed a spectator in early 2015.

But, even though the One:1 will return to the "Green Hell" by the end of April, a record attempt won’t occur anytime soon. According to the company, it will take "several months" for the driver that will attempt to set a new record in the One:1 to get an intimate knowledge of the track and the car.

"While we foresee this taking several months, those months comprise only one or two days at the track each month. We will not be testing on public days when the track is full of ‘public’ drivers. We will be testing on private days that we can gain access to," Koenigsegg explained in a statement.

While there is no specific timetable as to when the One:1 will run its official record lap, this could happen by the end of 2016. As of April, the record for the fastest production car is being held by the Radical SR8LM with a 6:48-minute lap. The Radical SR8 is second with a 6:56-minute lap, while the Porsche 918 Spyder holds third position with a 6:57-minute lap.

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Koenigsegg One:1 Sets New 0-300-0 KM/H Record: Video

Koenigsegg One:1 Sets New 0-300-0 KM/H Record: Video

After accidentally setting a new production-car lap record at the Suzuka circuit in Japan, the 2015 Koenigsegg One:1 “megacar” continues to do extraordinary things. The latest was setting a new 0-300-0-km/h (0-186-0-mph) record of an incredible 17.95 seconds, and lucky for us, the whole thing was caught on video.

The attempt took place at Koenigsegg’s vast factory test track, a disused runway originally built for the Swedish Air Force. The One:1 was fitted with a Vbox system for science, and some well-executed donuts were done to get some heat in the rear tires. Then, Koenigsegg test driver Robert Serwanski punches the throttle, and the thing is off the line like a scalded car. It only takes the 1,340-horsepower Koenigsegg 11.92 seconds to knock-off 0-300 km/h, while getting back to zero takes just 6.03 seconds. With deceleration like that it’s a wonder Serwanski’s eyes are still attached to his skull.
Oh, and just to make things fun, he made most of the run with his hands off the wheel.
"Look Ma... no hands!"

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Koenigsegg Plans New Nurburgring Lap Records With Both One:1 and Agera R

Koenigsegg Plans New Nurburgring Lap Records With Both One:1 and Agera R

Koenigsegg has long insisted that it created the fastest cars in the world, on the street or on the track. Sadly, when you are a company as small as Koenigsegg finding the facilities to test those claims can be very difficult; just ask Hennessey. Still, the crew from Sweden is not giving up on its dreams and if this report from Car and Driver is correct, it will soon look to prove its speed credentials on the only track that seems to matter: the Nurburgring.

Porsche made a huge splash earlier this year when the 2014 918 Spyder hybrid busted down the 7-minute barrier with a lap of 6:57 around the Green Hell, but the Swedes are coming to shake things up in a big way. The automaker plans on actually busting the record twice. It’s going to start with an Agera R; a car that holds a 237-horsepower and 560-pound weight advantage over the Porsche 918. Company test driver Robert Serwanski feels that taking the lap record from the 918 won’t prove to be a Hurculean task, and that is just the start. Once the company completes the lap in the Agera R, it is going to roll out its fastest machine the One:1 to go for a few laps.

While Koenigsegg won’t agree to any solid targets, it says that in ideal conditions a lap “in the 6:30s” should be possible. Not only would that take the record for road-legal production cars, that would strip the title of “World’s Fastest” from the Pagani Zonda R that holds the record in the non-streetable class with a 6:47.50 lap time.

If this happens, it will be hard to dispute Koenigesgg’s claim that it does, in fact, make the fastest car in the world.

We can’t wait to see that footage.

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Is the new Koenigsegg Agera R the fastest car in the world?

Is the new Koenigsegg Agera R the fastest car in the world?

267 mph.

Ever since the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport hit the road, the title of fastest car in the world went with it. But now it appears that a certain Swedish supercar may have finally eclipsed that mark.

With six production records under its belt, including the 0-186-0 mph time of 21.9 seconds, the Koenigsegg Agera R is already considered the biggest threat to the Veyron Super Sport’s title and now that Koenigsegg has officially released the new Agera R, word is leaking that the car is capable of hitting 273 mph, six mph faster than the mighty Bugatti.

The number has yet to be verified, but if the Agera R is capable of breaking the 270-barrier, then we’re going to have a pretty interesting battle for fastest car supremacy on our hands.

The world is waiting for your figures, Koenigsegg. Let it be known that the 2013 Agera R can hit a top speed of 273 mph and you can claim the title of fastest car in the world. And in doing so, you better expect a reply from Bugatti very, very soon.

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Koenigsegg Agera R enters Guiness world book of records

Koenigsegg Agera R enters Guiness world book of records

Back in September, the Koenigsegg Agera R set six new world records as proof of what an amazing car it really is. Now, the supercar has received an official Guinness approval for its 0-300-0 km/h record time of 21.19 seconds established at Koenigsegg’s proving ground in Ängelholm, Sweden on September 2, 2011.

"We had high hopes when we set out to do this record. But the end result was truly astonishing. This is Koenigsegg’s 4th Guinness World Record since 2003 and it shows our continued commitment to build Hypercars that deliver beyond expectations," said Christian von Koenigsegg in the official press release.

The Koenigsegg Agera R is powered by a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 1,115hp at 6,900 rpm and scream all the way up to 7,250 rpm. Top speed has been announced at 261mph.

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Koenigsegg Agera R has set 6 new world records

Koenigsegg Agera R has set 6 new world records

When Koenigsegg revealed the Agera R earlier this month they announced it will be a world breaker. And this week-end the car has set six new world records as a proof at that statements.

The Agera R has shown phenomenal stability, acceleration and braking performance – and that presently its performance is in a league of its own. All results will be submitted to the Guinness Book of Records.

The numbers are as follows: 0-300 km/h (0-186 mph) = 14.53 sec,
0-200 mph (0-124 mph) = 17.68 sec, 300-0 km/h (186 mph-0)= 6.66 sec,
200-0 mph (124 mph - 0) = 7.28 sec, 0-300-0 km/h (0-186mph-0) = 21.19 sec, 0-200-0 mph (0-124mph-0) = 24.96 sec.

The Koenigsegg Agera R is powered by a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 1,115hp at 6,900 rpm and scream all the way up to 7,250 rpm. Top speed has been announced at 261mph.

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Bugatti Veyron's 267mph record on Koenigsegg Agera's to-do list.

Bugatti Veyron’s 267mph record on Koenigsegg Agera’s to-do list.

A couple of weeks ago, Bugatti made a worthwhile statement with their Veyron SS speed monster. This beast was capable of hitting an average top speed of 267mph, effectively placing it in the Guinness Book of Records. Koenigsegg wasn’t just going to sit back and let Bugatti take all of the glory, so they prepared their new Agera hypercar to effectively beat the Veyron Super sports’ top speed. And who better to test it than the men of Top Gear.

The man behind the Agera super car, Christian von Koenigsegg, isn’t a man to be reckoned with. He’s one of the few people who have both the will and the means to silence Bugatti of its record-topping Veyron SS. According reliable reports, his aim is to do just that, and his new Agera is just the machine to do it.

Coincidentally, it was the men of Top Gear who first gave the news of the Bugatti’s record to Koenigsegg, even though the feat was still supposed to be kept under wraps. Upon hearing the news, Koenigsegg immediately began thinking out loud of places he could test his new supercar.

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