It was about a couple of years ago when Juan Pablo Montoya drives the Bugatti Chiron to the max, hitting an extreme speed of 249 mph (400 kph) and back to standstill in 41.96 seconds. That’s undoubtedly a heart-pounding performance, although Koenigsegg went even more extreme by improving the record with its Agera RS in 36.44 seconds in just less than a month after that. As if that wasn’t enough, the Swedish hypercar manufacturer doubled Bugatti’s defeat by breaking its own record with the same car a month later, cutting the previous time to 33.29 seconds.
And that’s still not the end of the improvement, as this month Koenigsegg does it again. This time it uses the Regera at the Råda airfield in Sweden. Driven by Sonny Persson, the beast managed to hit 249 mph from zero and back to zero again in just 31.49 seconds, erasing almost two seconds from the previous record.
According to the marque, it takes 22.87 seconds for the Regera to clock at 249 mph (400 kph) and 8.62 seconds to a complete stop. When the gas pedal was continued to be stepped after 23.65 seconds, the Regera touches 250 mph barrier, and it takes 8.83 seconds for the car to completely stop.
As a big fan of pure speed and performance, Koenigsegg seems to deserve more than this achievement. There were words from Christian von Koenigsegg, saying that the Regera actually smashed two “new world records”. The company’s boss also suggested that 250 mph is not the Regera’s limit. According to him, the hypercar has scored some faster top speeds than that. Without a doubt, Sonny Persson has done its best to unleash the hypercar’s maximum potential.
Despite all of that greatness owned by Koenigsegg, Bugatti is still the king of speed for production automobiles. Its Chiron Super Sport 300+ has reached the highest level of performance in the speed competition by hitting 304.77 mph (490.48 kph). That was actually the hypercar in its prototype form, but it has been confirmed that Bugatti will produce it with a limited run of 30 units.
The production version will come with a speed limiter set at 273 mph (440 kph). Nevertheless, the hypercar will be allowed go all out at the VW Group’s test track in Ehra-Lessien after its speed limiter is turned off. Last but not least, if you think that 304 mph is the Chiron Super Sport 300+’s top speed, you’re wrong. Bugatti believes it can go faster in optimal conditions.