Koenigsegg Agera R World Speed Records now official (video)Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Koenigsegg Agera R gets Guinness World Speed Record - Video
One of the speed records set back in September by the incredible Koenigsegg Agera R has now been ratified by Guinness - 0-300-0 km/h (0-186-0 mph) in 21.9 seconds.
As we say every time Koenigsegg jumps in to vision with another bonkers car or speed feat, we’re amazed at just what a handful of men with beards (except Christian von Koenigesgg – who doesn’t seem to have a hair to his name) can do from a shed in the snow of Sweden.
What makes Koenigsegg even more impressive is that it’s not just that they produce a stunning looking hypercar, but that they do it all themselves.
The engine in the Agera R isn’t a bought-in and tweaked job from a huge car maker with a bottomless pit of a development budget (such as the Mercedes lump in a Pagani or the Audi one in a Gumpert), but is an engine conceived and built by Koenigsegg.
Even more remarkable, the 5.0 litre V8 bi-turbo in the Agera R is the lightest and most compact engine in a hypercar in the world. It develops 940hp on cheap petrol and has 740lb/ft of torque, all conceived by a man with a pencil and pad in the dark of a Swedish winter.
So when we reported back in September that the Koenigsegg R had set half a dozen speed records for a production car, we weren’t at all surprised. And nor did we think for a minute that the claims were anything other than entirely genuine, despite being from one of the smallest car makers in the world.
But those claims have now been given official status with Guinness ratifying the Koenigsegg claim that the Agera R can do 0-300-0 km/h (0-186-0 mph) in a frankly ridiculous 21.9 seconds. And we have no doubt the other records Koenigsegg claimed will also be ratified. They are:
What’s also very impressive is that in the three timed runs in the video below, Koenigsegg didn’t tear the Agera R apart to mend what broke in the run before – all three runs are filmed one after another in real time.
Impressive car, this Koenigsegg Agera R.
(8 photos – click any thumbnail for full gallery)
By Cars UK