Hennessey Venom GT sets speed record reaching 270.49 mph

Over the last year or so, the world of high-end sports cars has been in a bit of a war as different brands vie for the title of fastest car in all the land. The title was held by Bugatti with its insane Veyron. That title has been taken from Bugatti and now lives in the US with the Hennessey Venom GT.

The Venom GT recently completed a top speed run at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The car reached a top speed of 270.49mph. That bested the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's previous record of 269.86 mph set in 2010 ever so slightly.

The Venom GT is based on a Lotus Exige chassis with a massive 7.0L twin turbo GM V8 in the rear. The car went from 20 mph to 120 mph in 7.71 seconds and was accelerating at 1 mph per second between 260mph and 270mph.

The car could have gone faster according to the driver, Brian Smith, if the runway had been longer. The runway where the car reached the blistering speed was 3.2 miles long. The speed won't make it into the Guinness World Record book though; it has to have an average speed for two runs to land in the record book.