Koenigsegg has held the world record for years on the 0-400kmh-0 run which breaks down to a car going from a complete standstill, racing to about 249mph, and then braking to a complete standstill again.
This is a test of both acceleration and the car’s ability to stop on a dime and it is one of the most coveted records by supercar manufacturers. It’s also a record that Koenigsegg dominated back in 2017 when their Agera RS ran 0-to-249mph-to-0 in a time of 36.44 seconds which smashed the previous 42-second record set by the Bugatti Chiron.
Flash forward to this month and Koenigsegg has released footage (below) of their new world record. At the Råda airfield ‘deep in the forests of Sweden’ the Koenigsegg Regera shaved several seconds off the time and set a new world record by going 0-249mph-0 in only 31.49 seconds.
They rolled out the ultra HD cameras to film factory driver Sonny Persson set this new world record and Koenigsegg released this footage on their YouTube channel earlier today. What’s truly blowing my mind here is the Koenigsegg Regera only needed 22.87 seconds to go from 0-to-249 mph.
Koenigsegg announced this new world record set on Monday in a press release on their website. Koenigsegg CEO + Founder Christian von Koenigsegg had this today say: “This was a good opportunity to showcase the true capability of the Regera’s one-of-a-kind Direct Drive transmission. As the Regera only has one gear we had to make use of it from standstill to the record top speed of 403 km/h (or 250 mph) limited by rpm.
The car reaches its top speed like there is no tomorrow, but then there are no more gears. This actually suits the philosophy behind the Regera, which is ‘whoever gets to 400 km/h first wins’.
Priority has been given to acceleration and drivability between 0-400 km/h – no more, no less. At any given time, the Regera can and will accelerate harder in that speed range than any other production car known to us.”
It is worthwhile to note that this specific car is a fully homologated production car with its luxurious fittings and seats still intact. The only modifications were a roll cage and a four-point harness for driver safety.
The track itself offered very low traction and that was the team’s biggest concern in this record-setting attempt. There were also bumps throughout the track so the driver was forced to swerve some and wasn’t able to gun it down the track in a straight line.
According to the release, the ‘conditions were perfect’ and this airstrip they used was a shutdown military airfield that is situated at 70-meters elevation, so neither wind nor elevation came into play with this record.
For a full rundown of this new world record from Koenigsegg, you can click here to visit their website.