Courtesy Hennessey

Courtesy Hennessey

The Hennessey Venom GT may not be the most well-known model out there, but it is now the fastest in the world. It recently hit 270.49 mph in a run this month at the Kennedy Space Center.  That’s a new speed record the Venom GT can add to its trophy case. In 2013, it outdid the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport as the fastest production car, and it holds acceleration honors – it went from stopped to 200 mph in under 15 seconds.

Race driver Brian Smith was the lucky driver during the test, in which he was given 2.4 miles to hit the record speed. Smith says the Venom GT could have gone even faster if it had more runway length.

So how does the Hennessey Venom GT hit the mark? It has a twin turbo-charged 7.0L V-8 engine that can get up to 1,244 HP.

Think the Venom GT is right for you? Be ready to pony up $1.2M for the car and then prepare to wait (for a very, very long time) as there will be just 29 of them built. Steven Tyler bought a Hennessey Venom GT Spyder for $1.1M in 2012.

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