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Konenigsegg shut down claims that SSC broke car speed record

Published: 6/Nov/2020 11:14

by Kieran Bicknell

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Hypercar giants Koenigsegg are rightly proud of their cars’ performance. However, everything is not what it seems in their annual Facebook post celebrating their record run in Las Vegas.

Three years ago, Koenigsegg claimed the world speed record for a production car with the Agera RS.

With its 5-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine producing 1,341 bhp, the Agera RS was designed with one thing in mind: top speed.

Hitting a recorded average top speed of 278mph, the Agera RS took the record of the world’s fastest production car. Bugatti took a swipe at the record back in 2019 with a modified Bugatti Chiron, but despite being the first to break the 300mph barrier, no official record was set.

SSC Tuatara
SSC North America
The SSC Tuatara is aiming to take Koenigsegg’s record.

Koenigsegg vs SSC North America

Recently, a new contender for the production car speed record has emerged: The SSC Tuatara. Based in North America, SSC were gunning for the speed record with their so-called ‘megacar’. However, the attempt didn’t quite go to plan.

Since the record run took place, the internet has been awash with various media personalities, websites and analysts claiming there were a number of issues with SSC’s video. So much so, that SSC themselves have been forced to re-do the record run.

Understandably, someone gunning for their record would’ve wound up the team at Koenigsegg, and instead of attacking the issue head-on, they’ve chosen to completely ignore it.

Koenigsegg Facebook Post
Facebook: Koenigsegg Automotive AB
Koenigsegg celebrated their third year as record holders in a post on their Facebook account.

On their anniversary post on Facebook, the company flat out denied to make any sort of acknowledgment of SSC’s run. While the Bugatti run was never an official record attempt, the SSC one was, and was initially seen as breaking the record held by the Agera RS.

As such, Koenigsegg still sees themselves as rightful holders of the world speed record for a production car. In the post, they say “Here’s [to] celebrating the title for a third year running” clearly making no reference to SSC’s attempt.

Technically, they’re right to do so; Although the Tuatara attempt was a bonafide record run, there were so many issues that the record attempt was never officially submitted to the Guinness Book of Records. Therefore, Koenigsegg is still the holder — though there is evidently no love lost between the companies.

Interestingly, the post also alludes to a possible future speed run, stating there is an “even more exciting road ahead.” While there is no confirmation of what this means, with SSC ramping up for another run, we may yet see Koenigsegg defend their title.

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YouTuber reveals “harsh reality” of owning insane supercar collection

Published: 25/Nov/2020 17:01

by Kieran Bicknell

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TheStradman’s crazy car collection is the envy of any petrolhead, but it turns out there’s a darker side to supercar ownership. In his November 24 video, he reveals just how much he pays for his cars, as well as the upkeep on his fleet, which totals to a staggering amount of money.

From sleeping in his Audi TT to owning a Bugatti Veyron, it’s fair to say YouTuber James ‘TheStradman’ has had an incredible rise to ‘the top’ of his career. But, owning numerous supercars (and one hypercar) doesn’t come cheap, as he has now revealed.

Right from the first video of his Bugatti Veyron ownership series, he has said he wants to be as ‘open and transparent’ as possible with viewers. Given the insane costs of owning a hypercar, James has certainly delivered on his promise, even going as far as breaking down an incredible $30,000 service bill for his subscribers.

TheStradman Purple Veyron
YouTube: TheStradman
TheStradman recently revealed his new-look Bugatti Veyron.

TheStradman reveals insane cost of supercar ownership

Straight away in the video, Stradman gets to the question on everyone’s lips: How much does the Bugatti Veyron cost to own? Well, it turns out that per month, the car costs him $4,765, and he cannot miss a single payment.

This is a lot of money, but given that his housemate Burlacher – who has far fewer followers – revealed he makes nearly $40k/year on YouTube, we imagine TheStradman is making enough to cover the payments, and then some.

With many viewers expecting that TheStradman paid north of $1m for his Veyron, he reveals that the overall price was in fact far less. In total, he paid only $880,000 for the Veyron, which he said will come as “no surprise” for his viewers to learn that it is financed.

Perhaps even more shocking is the amount that he put down – a total of $550,000. We know that he’s sold a lot of cars recently, but that’s still an incredibly large down payment for a car, even if it is a Veyron! James also admits that had he paid for the car outright, he would’ve been “financially wrecked” which is why he put it on finance.

While the Bugatti is sensibly financed, TheStradman revealed that he is the complete and outright owner of both his Lamborghini Aventadors, having paid off their finance agreements. Therefore, it is only a matter of time before the Veyron is also paid off. With his continued success and impressive viewing figures, hopefully, for him, it will be sooner rather than later.