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Koenigsegg Agera: Another Potential World-Record-Breaker?

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On: Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 9:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

Koenigsegg Agera: Another Potential World-Record-Breaker?

Koeniggsegg is developing its Agera supercar, which it's expected to put into production this year. A successor to the CCR--a previous world fastest production car record holder--may be challenging the current world's fastest car--the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport--and the next-generation Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero TT for the coveted title. According to Top Gear, the company's leader, Christian von Koenigsegg expressed some interest in vying for the title.

Last month, over July 4 weekend, Bugatti driver Pierre Henri Raphanel drove the 1,200-hp Veyron Super Sport to a blistering, record-shattering 267 mph. Unlike the unofficial 253 mph mark Bugatti had set in 2006, Bugatti made this one stick, with the Guiness Book of World Record staff on hand to put the run in the books.

While achieving the world speed record is a huge accomplishment, it puts a pretty big target on the back end of the Bugatti. Days after the feat, Shelby Supercars teased its own upcoming Ultimate Aero TT, indicating that it plans to give Bugatti a run for its money.

Top Gear's Bill Thomas says that he was the one to inform Christian von Koenigsegg of Bugatti's record, just two days after it happened. According to his account: "And so one of the first people to find out about the Veyron’s record was a man who was in a position to beat it. He wanted to know how fast it had gone, that was the first question, as you’d expect. When we told him ‘415’ he said, 'I thought they would go faster than that.' (As it happened, Bugatti’s testers did go faster, up to 431kph, so he was right). He then began to ponder high-speed location options out loud."

Indeed, Koenigsegg is one of the few names in the automotive world that could challenge the Veyron Super Sport. Its new Agera, shown to the world at the Geneva Motor Show this past March, is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 engine worth 910-hp. In production, the engine displacement is supposed to get a lift to 5.0 liters and a seven-speed transmission. The car is capable of tearing to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and 124 mph in 8.9 seconds. Top speed won't come until over 245 mph, according to Koenigsegg's spec sheet.

One of the Agera's predecessors, the CCR, captured the world speed record of 241 mph back in 2005 (replacing the McLaren F1), later being beaten by the Veyron (unofficial), SSC Ultimate Aero TT and then the Veyron Super Sport. Koenigsegg did not capture any world records with the CCX, which was said to have top speed capabilities of around 260 mph.

In comparison to the CCR, the Agera has twin-turbocharging rather than twin-supercharging and shows up to the track with an extra 104 ponies. However, the Agera gains close to 250 pounds over the CCR.

So will the Agera edge out the Veyron Super Sport? The ball's in Koenigsegg's court, but they may need an even faster run, what with SSC lurking in the shadows. One thing's for sure, however, the car made a lasting impression on Bill Thomas. He opined after a thorough test drive: "In the past year I’ve been lucky enough to drive the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640, the Ferrari 458 and GTO and Scud, the Gallardo and SLS. But none of them comes close to this Agera for sheer excitement and drama. For me, then, this one beats them all, because supercars – damn it, hypercars – should be all about excitement. "

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