These days a new speed record lasts for all of five minutes before it’s broken again. But that seems appropriate when you’re talking about the fastest cars in the world. The Koenigsegg Agera RS just accelerated from 0 to 400 kph (248 mph) and back to 0 in just 36.44 seconds. It destroyed the previous 0-400-0 record in just a few weeks.
The previous record was held by a Bugatti Chiron in the hands of driver Juan Pablo Montoya. His 0-400-0 record was an incredible 41.96 seconds. It’s still amazing, but it didn’t stand for long. Christian von Koenigsegg decided to showcase his latest Agera RS hypercar with a speed test. The vehicle in question was a factory-fresh Agera RS intended for delivery to a new U.S. customer with an upgraded engine making 1,360 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque. The RS is typically tested on lower-speed runs of “just” 186 mph. Then Koenigsegg took his smoking car to Vandel, a former Danish air base, and unleashed the speed demon on October 1.
Driven by factory driver Niklas Lilja, the Agera RS obliterated the previous record. Lilja went from 0 to 248 mph in just 26.88 seconds over 1.21 miles. That’s almost fifteen seconds faster than the Bugatti. The Agera than came to one hell of a screeching halt in 9.56 over 1,584 feet. To be fair, the Bugatti did pull up a little faster, braking to 0 mph in 9.3 seconds. But the Agera also raced just over the maximum speed limit of 400 kph and hit 403 kph (250 mph) before Lilja smashed the brakes. The overall run took 37.28 seconds, but that doesn’t count for the record.
The entire run saw the car blasting down the runway for 1.57 miles—almost running out of tarmac at the end of the 1.7-mile airstrip! That’s one hell of a speed run and an impressive showing for the Koenigsegg hypercar. Check out the video from the automaker below. Imagine those g-forces! Deceleration looks tricky, but listen to the engine. Mmm. Just hand me the keys and I’m ready.