Lau also said that, since the event wasn't a tightly embargoed automaker event, some misinformation was leaking throughout the day - like a reported top speed of 291 miles per hour. Of course, the video is not almost as thrilling as what it must have felt like to hit those speeds, but it is interesting to see the 270-plus miles per hour. The above video shows just that and features Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja hitting almost 300 miles per hour.
The auto was driven by Koenigsegg's test driver Niklas Lilja on a closed road, topping out at 457.9km/h in the more favourable direction. All data on the day was recorded and verified on site by Racelogic. 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.
Hennessey is claiming its new Venom F5 may be able to break 300 miles per hour.
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Hennessey failed to take the speed record, however, because the vehicle only completed one run and the title-holder is required to make two runs down the same stretch of tarmac in opposite directions. With 1,600 horsepower on tap, the Hennessey's actually the most powerful here.
Koenigsegg's factory test driver Niklas Lija drove Agera RS with its 1,144bhp, 5.0-litre turbo V8 to set the new record.
The auto is owned by Mark Stidham who actually organized the attempt together with his mates Jeffrey Cheng and John Morris. In comparison, Bugatti's Chiron needs about 42 seconds to achieve the same feat. They were a standard set of off-the-rack Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires-simply incredible considering the stresses they would have been put under.