Petrolheads have been delighted with the news that another speed record has been broken.

This weekend, the Agera RS from Swedish automobile company Koenigsegg recorded the incredible speed of 277.9mph, making it the world's fastest production car. We take a look at what other vehicles make speeding claims from fastest car to the more unusual fastest speed in a hearse.

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Fastest car in the world

The Koenigsegg Agera RS is now the fastest car in the world after speeding to 277mph, 10 mph fastest than the previous world record.

Costing £1.5 million, the supercar attempted the record in Las Vegas and was driven by factory driver Niklas Lilja.

The Swedish company confirmed the news on Twitter.

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Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron

Before the Agera RS hit its new high, Guinness World Record recognised the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport as the fastest production car. It hit a ridiculously quick speed of 267.8 mph (431.072km/h) in 2010. 

There was some question over whether it could retain its Guinness World Record due to certain car modifications, but it was allowed to hold the title until the Koenigsegg took it.

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Bloodhound SSC 

The supercar of the future, the Bloodhound SSC, is designed to reach 1,000mph.

While it has not reached that speed yet, in October the car was tested in public for the first time in Newquay, Cornwall. In this practice run it hit a peak speed of 210mph, accelerating from 0-200mph in eight seconds.

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The team behind the car say it is a combination of a fighter jet, a Formula One car and a spaceship. It is fitted with an EJ200 jet engine, sourced from a Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

The project was launched nearly a decade ago in 2008, and as part of its preparations it will attempt to break the current world land speed record of 763mph in 2019.

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Fastest speed in a hearse 

In a more macabre test of speed, Shane Hammond took the Guinness World Record for the fastest hearse in Australia in 2010.

The funeral car got up to 115.6mph (186.04 km/h) in Tasmania.

Fastest electric car 

Not to be left behind in the speed stakes, electric cars have also been put through their paces on the race track. Just last year, the fastest standing mile in an electric car was achieved at a speedy 189.481mph (304.94km/h) in Florida.

The car used was a Genovation GXE that was converted to 100% electric power in February 2015.

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