These beautiful black-and-whites are definitely wallpaper material.
Back in November, Koenigsegg unleashed its 1,360-horsepower (1,014-kilowatt) Agera RS on straight roads of Pahrump, Nevada, to capture yet another world speed record. The hypercar recorded an average top speed of 277.9 miles per hour (447.2 kmh), besting the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport before it, which recorded a time of 267.81 mph (431 kmh) in 2010.
In an attempt to commemorate this historic moment on film, the supercar maker teamed up with Swedish camera maker Hasselblad to document the vehicle throughout. The company put to the test their own 100-megapixel HB H6D medium format digital camera in the process – and the results are stunning.
Photographer Toshi Oku was on hand in Nevada to capture the event. "As an experienced photographer who specializes in photographing landscapes and motor vehicles, Toshi was in his element," the company said on its website. "The images produced by Toshi from the day are a vivid demonstration of the car’s eye-catching curvature and strong lines, all against the backdrop of the sparse desert scenery and open highway."
Five stunning black and white images were captured during the run, and a short two-minute documentary put together by Hasselblad documenting the photographer’s experience shooting the vehicle, which you can see below. This is the second time that the supercar maker has partnered with the high-end camera company, the first came back in July, which showed the Agera's stunning design in a piece called, "Above and Beyond."
Even without the addition of high-end camera equipment, the Agera RS is a stunning vehicle. Under the hood lies a 5.0-liter V8 engine developing the aforementioned 1,360 hp (1,014 kW) and 1,011 pound-feet (1,371 Newton-meters) of torque.
Gallery: Koenigsegg Agera RS sets new record for fastest production car
Koenigsegg recently took a trip to Nevada, USA, where we broke 5 world speed records with the Agera RS.
Our Swedish compatriots from Hasselblad decided to come along for the ride, testing out their flagship 100-megapixel HB H6D medium format digital camera.
Toshi Oku was the photographer brought in to shoot the Agera RS in Nevada. You can read his full behind-the-scenes story at the Hasselblad website.
"As an experienced photographer who specialises in photographing landscapes and motor vehicles, Toshi was in his element. The Agera RS is designed specifically to optimize its power and downforce ratio when moving in a straight line. To cope with huge pressures it encounters when driving at speeds in excess of 200mph, the shape of this car has a unique front splitter, air vents and rear wing. These critical features allow air to move around the Agera RS with maximum efficiency, while preventing the front of the car from raising as it picks up speed. But they also help to make the car a beautiful photographic subject.
The images produced by Toshi from the day are a vivid demonstration of the car’s eye-catching curvature and strong lines, all against the backdrop of the sparse desert scenery and open highway."
Toshi’s images are breathtaking black and whites, a format normally reserved for documentary photography and entirely fitting for such a newsworthy, record-setting occasion. The dramatic nature of the image’s subject is perfectly set within this high-contrast, moody format.
This is not our first collaboration with Hasselblad, of course, with Ming Thein photographing both the Regera and Agera RS earlier in 2017. Click on these links to read Part 1 and Part 2.