Koenigsegg Says The Agera RS Could Go 300 MPH

Both Koenigsegg and Michelin have admitted that the record-setting Agera RS could hit 300 mph (482 km/h).

In November last year, an Agera RS set a new production-car top speed record, securing a two-way average of 277.9 mph on a stretch of tarmac near Las Vegas. Speaking to The Drive at the Detroit Auto Show, Christian von Koenigsegg, as well as Michelin product manager Eric Schmedding said both the car and Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires have more to give.

“If someone wants to set that record, it’s very doable. For the car we would need more RPM and a longer gear ratio, but we could hit 300 right now.

“It’s scary and very dangerous to drive this fast, because there are a lot of uncontrollable aspects, such as animals, tumbleweeds, bumps, wind. It’s doable, but it’s not our objective,” von Koenigsegg admitted.

One of the most interesting things about the Agera RS’s current record average speed is that it was recorded with off-the-shelf Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the same ones fitted to the Bugatti Chiron.

Prior to the run, Michelin itself was unaware of how the tires would hold up as they were never designed for such speeds. However, after analysing the record-breaking runs, the tire manufacturer concluded that “the tires were nowhere near their limits,” Schmedding said.

According to Schmedding, the potential of hitting 300 mph with the tires depends on how quickly a car can get to those speeds.

“Heat buildup can run away very quickly at those speeds, and that’s when you’ll run into failure.

“A big part of the equation is how fast you can get there. If the car can get to 270 fairly quickly but it takes five minutes to get from 270 to 300, that’s not really going to work. So for a 300-plus mph run, we’d still want to do some additional validation,” he said.

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  • homemark

    At 300MPH, apart from the tyres, I think some development work is still required for the driver’s underpants.

  • R55

    My 1990 Mazda MX5 could go 300mph, just haven’t tried it yet.

  • In all fairness finding a place long enough to do those attempts would be hard. What Koenigsegg did in LV is really risky, the road isn’t flat, there are a lot of animals and foreign debris. I’m surprised that they manage to do it honestly.

    • Jan Mleziva

      AFAIK Nardo track is infinitely long. But im not sure it is suitable for speeds close 482.8 km/h

      • The problem with circular track like Nardo is that when you reach at certain speed, it would be hard to make your car stable and able to turn, frankly after 320km/h. Car tend to be too stiff to turn in that kind of circuit.

  • nastinupe

    At this point it doesn’t really even matter. Acceleration and handling is more important than top speed. Most 911’s can get close to 185+ MPH these days, however, most owners never make it there, so why even worry about 300 MPH?

    • Denzel

      Bragging rights

    • Yep, and we need to remember that their Las Vegas run is sponsored by the owner, Koenigsegg literally just being asked to do it after bunch of owners secure money and permit to close the road, otherwise they wouldn’t do it.

    • brn

      Yep, how fast is fast enough? I’m thinking as you approach 200mph,, that’s pretty darn good. Aside from bragging rights (credit – Denzel), there’s no reason to go faster.

  • LWOAP

    Can the tires even handle it?

    • yawn

      Try reading the article instead of looking at the pictures.

      • LWOAP

        I did read the article and it doesn’t answer my question.

        • Yeah, it’s something that confuses me, if you ask engineers, some say they can, some say they don’t.

          And both Pirelli and Michelin didn’t comment much on this.

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