Koenigsegg smashes the race from 0-400km/h back to zero

It has not even been a month since Bugatti announced its record of getting from 0-400km/h back to zero but in that tiny space of time Swedish hypercar manufacturer Koenigsegg has already smashed its record.

One of its Agera RS' accelerated to the speed in just 36.44 seconds, beating the same record set by the Bugatti Chiron just a few weeks ago by 5.52 seconds - a long time in terms of hypercar acceleration.

The Agera RS took 26.88 seconds to accelerate to 400km/h (249mph), before taking 9.56 seconds to come to a complete stop, covering 2,441 metres during the run.

The feat was set by Koenigsegg factory driver, Niklas Lilja, at Vandal Airfield in Denmark.

While the manufacturer is planning on doing the record again with its new Regera hypercar, it decided to test the Agera RS now to verify the car's performance against other manufacturers.

The Agera RS that set the record is destined for the US market, and is equipped with an optional and removable roll cage that adds weight but is recommended for extreme track driving. Koenigsegg has said that the owner of this particular car was keen to see how the performance compares against other cars.

Its 5.0-litre V8 produces 1,341bhp and 1,371Nm and weighs just 1,395kg.

Christian von Koenigsegg, founder and CEO of Koenigsegg, said: "It makes me so proud, so happy and excited to see what we have achieved as a team with the Agera RS. A result like this does not just happen. It may have only taken a few hours of driving to complete this run, but we cannot overlook all the work that went into creating the car in the first place.

"Building these cars takes everything we have. We give it our all, every day and every week. Without this commitment to excellence, we would not be worthy of either the result or the reward."
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