This Is What Koenigsegg's Record 447km/h Nevada Speed Run Looked Like Behind The Wheel

On Saturday, the mad Swedes at Koenigsegg did something truly remarkable: in an Agera RS, a factory driver achieved an average speed of 447km/h during two runs on Nevada's Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump. This may make the Agera RS the world's fastest street legal production car. Now you can see what those runs looked like from the driver's perspective.

The nice folks at Racelogic sent us the video recorded by the VBOX HD2 during the two runs, and if you've ever been curious what approaching 450km/h looks like from the cockpit, you're about to find out.

The video shows both runs: one with a top speed of about 438km/h, the other way up there at 457km/h. The two speeds were averaged together to get the official time. Throughout the day, the max speed seems to have been 457km/h.

It's almost terrifying. Even with the straight road and presumably an even grade, I can't even imagine how close you could come to disaster at that velocity. At the same time, I'm extremely jealous of the pure, unfiltered speed driver Niklas Lilja must have felt. It must have been scary and liberating at the same time.

Koenigsegg told Jalopnik the run was done on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the same tires delivered to customers, and that Michelin reps were on-hand to make sure everything went ok.

We'll update this post as we get more information, but preliminarily, it looks like the Agera RS is faster than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

Here's video of the day's events from our friend Gordon Cheng as well:

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Comments

    Seems like a great use of our bright minds. Maybe some other company can spend millions on R&D to make one that goes a tiny bit more uselessly fast?

      Why does it matter to you what they spend their R & D money on. This is a private business and it's funding comes from car sales. Why are you so bitter?

        Not bitter, just waiting for our collective human intelligence to catch up with the obvious intelligence of individuals. We have the technology to level a building in Damascus with pinpoint accuracy, sight unseen, from hundreds of kilometres away, and yet when a fire breaks out in a apartment building (Grenfell Tower) we can't put it out.

        So i'm merely questioning the value of the effort being applied here. It wouldn't be particularly difficult to make a car that can travel 5km faster than this one did, but why bother? It's not new technology, it's just an injection of time and money. Big whoop. Surely on a site like Giz one can question things without being labelled "bitter"?

      They say the same thing about launching rockets into space, forgetting that many things we use today exist only because of research into launching things into space.

        Except that the internal combustion engine is coming to the end of its era, this isn't going to advance automotive technology because it's using tech that won't be around in a decade or two. All they've done here is take a car with a hugely powerful engine and give it enough appropriately tall gears to reach max speed, a speed that has no relevance to the real world.

          You can't see anything past that? Wow. How narrow sighted of you.

    Sure beats driving a prius... Its a halo car and is meant to be that. Its like a Corvette in the mid 90s was the first ever automobile to use a magnetic suspension. And whatdya know, Ferrari followed, then other supercar makers, now you can find that tech in a Grand Cherokee and a 4runner, as well as a few others...

    On a personal note, these runs seem to have been done in the same direction. At least in the video it seems so.

    You know you can't get hurt if you have an accident when travelling at over 400Kmh in a car. You get killed outright instantly.

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