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Posted on January 15, 2018

Koenigsegg Agera RS displayed in Michelin booth at NAIAS

In a remote Nevada desert road in November 2017, a team from Koenigsegg and technical partners set out to test man and machine.

This Agera RS posted the highest speed ever recorded in a  production car — 277.9 miles per hour, that’s roughly the distance of a football field every seven-tenths of a second — breaking the previous record set in 2010. The Agera RS set four other world records that day, including the highest recorded speed on a public road at 284 miles per hour, breaking a record that was untouched since 1938.

The Koenigsegg team achieved this with one set of tires on the car — Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 — tires that were not specially tuned, not modified in any way, but exactly the same tires that you could buy off-the-rack from your local dealer for your performance car.

The Koenigsegg team achieved this with one set of tires on the car — Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 — tires that were not specially tuned, not modified in any way, but exactly the same tires that you could buy off-the-rack from your local dealer for your performance car.

Even under extreme conditions, the Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires delivered the same reliable performance on the first top-speed run as the sixth run — internal temperature changes were barely a blip by most racing standards.

That very same vehicle was on the Michelin display at NAIAS as a feature vehicle demonstrating the Michelin performance advantage.

Records set that day in November include:

  • The highest top speed achieved by a production vehicle (two-way average) 277.87 mph
  • 0-400 km/h – 33.29 seconds
  • Flying kilometer on a public road (two-way average) – 444.76 km/h
  • Flying mile on a public road (two-way average) – 276.36 mph
  • Highest speed achieved on a public road (single direction) – 457.94 km/h (284.55 mph)

About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  In addition to tires, the company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.




 

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