Move over Bugatti Veyron, there is a new speed demon in town!

A new supercar has stolen the fastest production model crown from the Italian manufacturer, after hitting a remarkable top speed of around 270 mph at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Hennessey Venom GT Feature

No, it was not a model developed by NASA, but by American tuning house Hennessey Performance Engineering.

Hennessey Venom GT record breaker

However, that’s not to say the car didn’t receive some of its inspiration from the American explorers of space.

Hennessey Venom GT in action

Company founder and president John Hennessey said: “I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid. Neil Armstrong was my childhood hero. Even though the astronaut thing didn’t work out for me, I am humbled to have had the opportunity to conduct our testing on the hallowed grounds of the Kennedy Space Center.”

Hennessey Venom GT rear action

The previous record held by Bugatti was 269.86 mph and early reports suggest the Hennessey Venom GT hit 270.49 mph.

Hennessey Venom GT on the track

Valued at around £800,000, the model is powered by a twin-turbocharged seven-litre V8 engine and was driven by former racing driver and Michelin tyre test engineer Brian Smith. It delivers a staggering 1,244bhp and Mr Smith believes that he could potentially get another five to ten mph more out of the machine if he was given more space than the 3.22 miles long runway.

Hennessey Venom GT side shot

The car shot from 20 mph to 120 mph in 7.71 seconds and continued accelerating at 1mph per second even at speeds of 260 mph to 270 mph.

Hennessey Venom GT breaking the record

While the model has achieved this sensational top-speed, it will only be included in the Guinness World Record books once it has completed a second run – something that NASA has not yet allowed.

Hennessey Venom GT world record

Speaking to Top Gear, Mr Hennessey said: “We wanted to run in both directions, but the NASA guys wouldn’t let us. Getting into NASA isn’t easy. It was a two-year process.”

Hennessey Venom GT certified record

“The morning was relatively calm, about a three mph quarter-crosswind. If we’d run in both directions, the result would have been pretty much the same,” he added.

Hennessey Venom GT new record

For those looking to get their hands on a model, the cars take six months to complete and are built to order. Anyone who is lucky enough to find it sitting in their garage will be in good company, with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame reportedly having put in an order. At present, there are around 11 Venom GTs around the world.

Hennessey Venom GT record breaking team

It has already claimed two records, achieving the fastest 0-300 kmph speed in 13.63 seconds, and the fastest 0-200 mph speed in 14.51 seconds. However, it will have to wait until the world’s fastest production car record is officially confirmed by the powers that be.

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