Learn More About Koenigsegg ‘Ruthie,’ Which Owns 5 Speed Records

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Koenigsegg Agera RS, ‘Ruthie’ Photo credit: Ryan Longnecker

 

The Koenigsegg Agera RS, nicknamed “Ruthie,” home-based in Orange County, set world speed records on a closed road. Here is more about the privately owned car from its manager, Tim Cadiente, who also handles branding and marketing in the United States for the Swedish supercar manufacturer.

The car’s official make, model, year, and point of origin:
Koenigsegg Agera Rs, 1 of 25 made, 2018, Sweden

Technical data:
Koenigsegg-built twin turbo aluminum 5.0L V8, four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, dry-sump lubrication.
Horsepower: 1,341
Fuel: super unleaded or E85 fuel
Mileage rating: 13 combined city and highway, 11 city/18 highway

Original price: $2.5 million

Current value: $10 million

About the records:

Photo credit: Ryan Longnecker

On Nov. 4, 2017, on a public highway near Pahrump, Nevada. This Koenigsegg Agera RS broke five world speed records, one of them being an 80-year-old record held by Mercedes-Benz: fastest production car on a public highway. The average speed was 277.9 mph. That day, it hit a top speed of 284.55 mph. Car was driven by Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja.

Records:

HIGHEST SPEED FOR A PRODUCTION VEHICLE
447.19 kmh (277.87 mph)

0-400 KMH, BACK TO 0 KMH
The 0-400-0 kmh run was completed in 33.29 seconds, beating the previous time of 36.44 seconds set by the same car in Denmark in October 2017.

FLYING KILOMETER ON A PUBLIC ROAD
The highest average speed for a flying kilometer on a public road, calculated after running the car in two directions: 445.63 kmh (276.9 mph)

FLYING MILE ON A PUBLIC ROAD
The highest average speed for a flying mile on a public road, calculated after running the car in two directions: 444.76 kmh (276.36 mph)

HIGHEST SPEED ACHIEVED ON A PUBLIC ROAD
Single direction recorded. Measured at 457.94 kmh (284.55 mph)

How often is the car driven now?
This car has been busy. Since the world-record-breaking day, the car has been on a world tour for most of 2018. It has been seen at the Detroit, Toronto, and New York auto shows. It has also been on numerous television shows and news segments from Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. It was also featured on an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage.” (See video below.) It has made an appearance at Monterey Car Week, where it was greeted like a rock star.

In February 2019, it was reunited with driver Niklas Lilja at the OC Festival of Speed, where it was seen in full power on the track of the auto club speedway raising money for the Orange County Special Olympics. When the owner’s not in town driving it around, it makes appearances at charity events and surprise stops at local car shows.

Where are some of the favorite places in Orange County to drive it?
“It all depends on the mood,” Cadiente said. “Ortega Highway is great drive but so is PCH. From Dana Point up to Huntington Beach, there’s never a boring drive.

Is there a place people can go to see it?
The car will start a tour again in April but will make an appearance at Koenigsegg Newport Beach on May 24-26. The car will be there along with the newest member of the Koenigsegg family, the Jesko. If you can’t wait until then, there will be a display of Koenigseggs at the second annual Cars N Copters at the Huntington Beach Pier on May 5. All proceeds will benefit the Huntington Beach Police Department and the charities it supports. Last year, 10 Koenigseggs were there, along with company founder and car designer Christian von Koenigsegg himself.

About the car’s nickname:
It actually has a two. It’s known as the world record car and “Ruthie.” All the owners of the cars have Viking nicknames for their cars, and one day the owner of the record car was being pressured to name it. He said, “I’m not the naming my car!” As a joke he said, “OK, fine. I’ll call her Ruthie.” The name stuck.

What’s the most interesting aspect of driving this car?
Knowing that it’s only one of 25 handmade vehicles of this model in the world.

What’s the most common reaction from people when they see and hear it?
“NO WAY!!! IS THIS REALLY A KOENIGSEGG??!!” “This is my dream car!!”

“I’ll be pulled over at a stoplight,” said Cadiente, who aside from the owner and Lilja is the only driver of the car, “and a mom with a van full of kids will say, ‘Where are you going? I have a van full of kids that want to take pictures with your car!’ I’ve been known to stop. Most of these kids that know the car play the same exact spec in their video games, so it’s a real treat for them to see it in real life.”

Cool fact:
They made 25 Agera RS models. Eight are in California, and five of them are in Orange County.

The engine of the world record Koenigsegg Agera RS, signed by driver Niklas Lilja and company founder Christian von Koenigsegg. Photo credit: Ryan Longnecker

What do you love most about this car?
“The thing I love most about the cars is witnessing the common bond and camaraderie each Koenigsegg owner has, which is a passion not only for the car but for Christian von Koenigsegg and his brand,” Cadiente said. “The vehicles are custom, so all of the owners are actively involved in the building process. They get to experience first-hand the vision of Koenigsegg and the attention to detail that is put into the making of each car. They also understand that they are part of an elite group making automotive history.”

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