The Koenigseff Agera RS: A Machine of Pure Excellence

The achievement of excellence is the mark set by the Koenigsegg Agera RS. Niklas Lilja recently set world speed records as the driver in test runs whichtook place in the state of Nevada. The production car reached a brow singing speed of 284. 55 mph.

Slow and steady wins the day

While some wondered by Niklas started off at a snail’s pace, there is a perfectly good explanation. The crew was not out to set a record for acceleration, or reaching zero to sixty in record time, it was simply to find out what the vehicle could achieve as a top speed. There was no need to redline it prematurely. This would happen soon enough in the quest. Taking care of the engine was as much a priority as demonstrating the mettle of this exquisite vehicle.

Taken to the limit

The time came to give it full reign as the driver gave it full throttle and license to break loose. Like a mustang released from a pen, the Agera RS rocketed to the speed of just over 284 mph. The car maintained an amazing level of stability, given the speed that it achieved. The test driver maintained as much control as such high speeds would allow.

Interesting statistics

At full throttle the Agera reached its max capacity for speed, eating up 416 miles per second with the road appearing as little more than a narrow ribbon. The expert driver knew when it was time to back away and limit the rev as the car had hit its limit and it was clearly time to allow the speed to drop back down.

Mission accomplished

Having completed the speed test, it’s official and at 284.55 mph, the Agera RS has broken five speed records. The performance assessment was needed to gauge any remaining tweaks thatare needed prior to the production run. The 1MW motor spits out 1,360 horse power with 1,371 Nm or torque.

Assessment of performance elements

Speed and stability were on the checklist and the Agera RS passed with flying colors. A few calibrations in the software were needed for reduction of drag at higher speeds, but this is to be expected as was not problematic. It was accomplished by adjustments to the rear wing angle. This was the preparation that was done prior to the speed test. Determining the safe braking zone was another preparation that had to be completed. The grass runoff zone was in place if it had been necessary, as a safety precaution.

Traction control was an issue at high acceleration initially and due to a low grip level on the surface, but the engagement of traction control assisted with the issue. The car was brought to a controlled stop in a matter of 9.56 seconds upon the application of the brake. The entire run took a total of 36.44.

The labor of love

Designers and engineers put everything that they’ve got into the design and manufacture of a single test example of the Agera RS. It takes an entire time of top pros to orchestrate the maelstrom of facts, figures, inferences and computer generated recommendations to arrive at a fully testable end result that is ready to be put to the test. Such tasks are monumental and the accomplishment of a testable version has been a labor of love for the entire team who is committed to reaching new heights of accomplishment that shatters previously impressive records.

Final thoughts

The video of Niklas’ amazing feat has generated quite a few questions from a public that has a limited understanding of the small details that have such a tremendous impact on the performance elements of the Agera RS. Knowing what to do, when to do it and how to do it are the secrets that only Niklas understands because it’s as much a sense of what the revolutionary vehicle is capable of, as it is in understanding the common sense principles of test driving an experimental vehicle. The designers, engineers and drivers share a common connection with the vehicle because the creation is a joint effort. It’s almost like getting to know a new person and become familiar with the personalities as well as the strengths and limitations that are present. It’s also in knowing how far to push, and when to back off. It sounds like a person to person relationship, but it’s the connection to the Agera RS.


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