All of us – all of us – have definitively been there. Trundling down an empty stretch of barren, abandoned, straight, flat freeway, determined to simply gun it. That’s what the Koenigsegg Agera RS did on a stretch of Nevada highway, hitting 278 mph. And by doing so, it might need damaged the quickest velocity ever recorded on a public highway.
I’m utilizing phrases like “may” and “might have” as a result of, like a lot else within the record-keeping world, it’s just a little unclear and plenty of it is determined by who you ask.
Ask the Germans, and they might let you know that the Mercedes-Benz W125 Rekordwagen holds the title. The Rekordwagen, so-named as a result of it was German they usually couldn’t give you something extra imaginative, was constructed to please the Nazis in 1937. In January of 1938, Rudolf Caracciola piloted it as much as 268 mph on the Autobahn, and there the file was set, for practically 80 years.
Orrrrrrrrrrr it wasn’t.
Because if you happen to ask the Guinness World Records folks, which we did, they don’t even point out Caracciola and the Rekordwagen. If you ask them, the file was set in 2012, as a spokesperson advised me in an e mail:
The present file holder is Jim Peruto who drove 243.7 mph throughout a authorized racing occasion on May 20, 2012.
And right here you possibly can see Peruto setting that mark, which was additionally in Nevada:
Don’t complain if the video is crappy and he strikes previous too shortly, as that’s type of the purpose.
But as those that have taken at the least three years of superior calculus can attest, 243.7 mph is actually a bit slower than 268 mph. So why the discrepancy?
I’m nonetheless ready for the GWR folks to get again on that one, but when I needed to wildly guess, I’d say it has one thing to do with the strict verification protocols that revolve round this type of factor. And in that vein, the Guinness spokesperson mentioned they’re nonetheless ready for all of the proof from Koenigsegg so as to overview the file try for certification.
But within the meantime, it appears to be like like Koenigsegg’s acquired it proper, with a median velocity of 278 mph, averaged after runs in opposing instructions.
I don’t care if it’s acquired the “official” file or not. This file is sweet sufficient for me.