08 November, 2017
The Swedish auto maker snatched the crown off French powerhouse Bugatti on Saturday with two blistering speed runs down a highway in Nevada.
Niklas Lilja was behind the wheel when the auto reached the speed on a public road in Nevada, which had been closed for the attempt. At the same time, I'm extremely jealous of the pure, unfiltered speed driver Niklas Lilja must have felt. An 11-mile straight section of the highway was closed for the drives, which beat rival car-maker Bugatti's previous record of 268 miles per hour. On one run Lilja reached 271.2 miles per hour, and on the other he reached 284.6 miles per hour.
Koenigsegg also claims to have set another record on the day. It's powered by a 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 delivering 1,341 horsepower.
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All that remains is for the world speed record, which was recorded and verified by Racelogic, to be officially recognised.
Another challenger is the recently revealed Venom F5 from America's Hennessey. It's so fast in fact that it can accelerate from 0-249mph and back to 0 in just 36.44 seconds.
The test was then carried out using Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres which are the tyres the Koenigsegg is sold with and are authorised for use on the road.