Less than a month ago, Bugatti announced that after putting Juan Pablo Montoya in a Chiron, they managed to record a 0 – 249 – 0 mph (0 – 400 – 0 kmh) run in 41.96 seconds. Somewhere in Sweden, Christian von Koenigsegg thought they could do better. And they have. Business as usual.
Interestingly, Koenigsegg is planning to do a record run with the Regera, its equally sold out electrified hypercar. However, they used a brand new Agera RS this time, simply because its owner was very keen to verify the car’s performance. Therefore, following its completion, the car went through the usual 186 mph testing at Koenigsegg’s airfield, only to head immediately towards Vandel. This former base for the Danish Army Air Service was closed for military purposes in 2003 and became the largest solar farm in Scandinavia.
Destined for America, this Agera RS features Koenigsegg’s 1MW engine upgrade providing 1,360hp and 1,011 ft lbs of torque, as well as the optional removable rollcage.
Originally, the test was planned to run between September 30th and October 2nd at the Papenburg test facility in Germany, but the weather forecast forced Koenigesegg to engage plan B. As there was a window of good weather in southern Scandinavia on Sunday, October 1st, the team rushed to Vandel with a car that still had its protective industrial tape over various surfaces to keep it safe from debris.
And debris, there was plenty of. After being closed for 14 years, the condition of Vandel’s 1.7 mile runway forced Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja to take care of bumps and small potholes as he gradually ran the car up to 250 miles per hour. Since the Agera RS hasn’t been tested at that speed before, Koenigsegg made a small software calibration change to the rear wing angle to reduce drag. This setting is now standard on all cars.
With the crosswinds dying away and both car and driver ready for the big run, the team went for it. Due to the low grip level on the mostly concrete surface, Koenigsegg’s data shows the traction control was engaging on the first three gears, with the highest-speed instance logged at 113 mph during 3rd and 4th.
With that adding to the challenge, Niklas Lilja managed to record a 0 to 248 and back to 0 mph run in 36.44 seconds, beating Bugatti’s record by 5.52 seconds.
The Agera RS took 26.88 seconds to reach 248mph over a distance of 1.21 miles. Deceleration to zero took 9.56 seconds over 1584 feet, thanks to the Agera RS’s carbon ceramic discs and bespoke calipers, as well as Michelin’s sticky rubber.
Amazingly, the car went even faster during the entire run, reaching 250 mph and coming back to a halt in 37.28 seconds over a distance of 1.57 miles. Talk about cutting it close on a 1.7 mile runway!