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 |  Apr 08 2012, 3:02 PM

Standing toe-to-toe with Bugatti Veyron, the Koenigsegg is harder to pronounce, lesser known, and more exclusive, arguably making this small Swedish carmaker the definitive supercar marque, full stop.

Continuing to raise the bar, the latest 2013 Koenigsegg Agera R now boasts an output of 1,140-hp. Since last September, Koenigsegg claimed a number of new production records, reaching 200 mph from a stand-still in 17.68 seconds, braking to a stop from 200 mph in 7.28 seconds, and finally a full cycle 0-200-0 mph run in 24.96 seconds. While the Bugatti Veyron Supersport holds the top-speed title at 268 mph, the Agera R sprints from 0-300 kmh (186 mph) more than 2 seconds quicker than the Bugatti. Mind-boggling numbers on paper, but what does that mean in real life?

From the Nurburgring pit lane access at Dottinger Hohe, the very end of a 2.2 mile long straight, a track-side fan records a top speed fly-by and receives a serious case of whiplash in the process, as the screaming 5.0-liter twin turbo V8 engine propels the Agera R to an insane 249.5 mph at the end of the straight.

The violent 250 mph pass is shown at the 1:40 mark. Hold onto your butts and check out the video below: Continue Reading…

 |  Jul 13 2010, 8:20 AM

SSC, or Shelby Super Cars, is looking to take back the title of producing the world’s fastest car, after Bugatti recently posted a 267.81 mph time with its new 1,200-hp SuperSport model. That time bested the SSC Ultimate Aero’s 256.12 mph run, which in turn had beat-out the previous Veyron’s 253.81-mph speed.

In a statement SSC congratulated Bugatti, commenting that, “When the Ultimate Aero broke the record in 2007, we knew it was just a matter of time until it was broken by someone else.”

The upstart American automaker then goes on to announce plans to challenge Bugatti stating that, “We’ve been working on a new project to debut before the end of the summer. Not much can be said at this time except that we’ll be upping the ante on all fronts.

It’s not clear if SSC plans to introduce a new model, or more likely a modified version of the current model. SSC has signed-on Jason Castriota, the man who designed the Pininfarina P4/5, as a new aerodynamic designer.

SSC hopes to debut the new car before the end of the summer and is, “anxious to show the world what we have up our sleeve”

 |  Jul 05 2010, 7:35 AM

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Bugatti has done it again, setting a new record for the world’s fastest production car at an astonishing 267.81 mph. That time gives Bugatti back the title, after the original Veyron’s 253.81 mph speed was topped by upstart American supercar maker SSC with its 256.12 mph run.

Official test diver Pierre Henri Raphanel set the record attempt on Volkswagen‘s official Ehra-Lessian high-speed test track, with both the Guinness book of records and the German Technical Inspection Agency (TÜV) there to record the feat.

The car used is the new Super Sport model, a more powerful version of the Veyron, boasting 1,200-hp and a modified aero kit.

According to Guinness rules, the car made two runs (265.9 and 269.8 mph), which are then averaged out for the 267.81 mph speed. Production models won’t, however, be quite as fast, with their top speed limited to “just” 257.9-mph.

Bugatti will build a limited edition number of the Super Sport models, with the first five receiving the same black carbon fiber and orange paint scheme. The new car will go on display for the first time at Pebble Beach in August.

GALLERY: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport World Record

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Official release after the jump:

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