Editor’s word: Technical director of Racelogic USA, Jim Lau, participated in Koenigsegg’s record-breaking high pace run within the Nevada desert. He arrange and managed the gear that logged the official numbers for the runs. Under is his personal evaluation of the day and what it was like to gather information on the quickest manufacturing automobile on this planet.
Christian von Koenigsegg, or his firm of the identical identify, didn’t set about breaking the highest pace document — a small group of automobile house owners did. Some chalk it as much as Swedish tradition, the place it’s unusual to indicate your individual efficiency above others or proclaim your self one of the best. Perhaps that’s why Koenigsegg hasn’t tried massive document runs prior to now. However the house owners wished to aim it, so Koenigsegg was completely happy to assist.
The driving force, Niklas Lilja, was Kimi Raikkonen-esque in his low-key evaluation of the runs after breaking data. “Automotive was good,” was his reply to how one in every of his runs went. Lilja can also be an engineer and intimately concerned with improvement and tuning. He talked about configuring the adjustable suspension and aerodynamics to provide the rake and squat he wished at excessive pace, like this was all routine.
After the runs, somebody requested him, “Would you wish to go even sooner now?” He replied: “No. Enjoyable is just not a straight line.” He and Koenigsegg have been relieved the testing went effectively and the data have been crushed, however they confirmed no starvation to interrupt the document once more. Koenigsegg described this document as a pleasant “last examination” for the Agera platform; this RS mannequin is the final evolution of the automobile.
Christian, Niklas, two different engineers, and a PR rep made up the whole crew from Koenigsegg — no mechanics, or instruments, only a laptop computer and interface cable. Koenigsegg introduced spare tires to run if wanted, however Michelin techs additionally joined and deemed wheel and tire modifications as pointless, so Lilja accomplished all runs on a single set. Aside from refueling, nothing was added, eliminated or adjusted on the automobile. The truth is, after the take a look at, the proprietor drove it again to the close by Spring Mountain Motor Resort for lunch — no truck and trailer, both. This was a real street automobile that ran 285 mph.
Gallery: Koenigsegg Agera RS High Pace Run Nevada Jim Lau
I tucked a 100Hz VBOX 3i behind the passenger seat and put a GPS/GLONASS antenna on the roof. I mounted a pace show to the roll cage, for the driving force. To gather extra element, I related the logger to the automobile’s CAN bus and captured rpm, gear and brake swap information. I filmed it, too, by mounting a VBOX Video HD2, which logged its personal GPS information along with 1080p video. Pace, distance, and g-force information have been overlaid to the view of the Nevada desert from contained in the cabin.
Info from the occasion virtually instantly leaked out to social media, however a few of it turned out unfaithful. On the primary high-speed run, the consultant from Stalker Radar claimed a 291-mph high pace, and that quantity unfold rapidly. Sadly, it wasn’t corroborated by the opposite pace loggers or the automobile’s speedometer, so it was disregarded as misguided. To set the document straight, the automobile reached 284.6 mph northbound and 271.2 mph southbound, for a two-way common of 277.9 mph.