Factory driver Niklas Lilja was the man behind the wheel. Since this was a world record attempt, the speed was verified by a third-party company called Racelogic. Michelin is working on a tyre capable of withstanding the forces that would be generated when the 1,479bhp, 1996kg auto approached the 300mph barrier and, if it's successful, we could see more production vehicle world speed record fireworks in the near future.
Even the much lower average was high enough to eclipse the record set by Bugatti's Veyron 16.4 Super Sport in 2010, itself a blistering 431 km/h (268 mph). The closure was set to be in place for two days but the Koenigsegg team broke the record early on the first day. On one run Lilja reached 271.2 miles per hour, and on the other he reached 284.6 miles per hour. The Agera RS is powered by a 5.0 lite V8 engine which is turbo charged, it has a massive 1,380 horsepower. With Lilja behind the wheel, the Agera RS managed to go from 0 to 401.78 kph (249.65 mph) and back to 0 in just 33.87 seconds. 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.
Special mention should be made regarding the tires the Agera RS was running. The tires that were used are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and Michelin reps were on hand to be sure everything was good with the tires.