The Hennessey Venom GT has taken the crown from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport as the fastest production car in the world. Here's everything you need to know about it...

01 On 14 February (aww), the Hennessey Venom GT sped down NASA's Kennedy Space Center runway in Florida at an incredible 270.49mph, beating the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's 2010 record-setting 269.86mph.

This makes the Venom GT officially the fastest production car in the world. Write a song about that, Rick Ross.

02 The Venom GT twin-turbo, seven-litre V8 engine produces 1,244bhp. Now that's a lot of horses. It goes 0-62mph in just 2.7 seconds and already holds two world records for the world's fastest 0-300kmph (13.63 secs) and 0-200mph (14.51 secs). That's a lot of letters, number and oomph.

03 Since its launch in 2011, Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) has built and delivered 11 Venom GTs, with only one in the UK. Each vehicle costs $1.2 million (£720,000) to produce and six months to build.

Steve Tyler from Aerosmith owns one of them - probably because he's tired of walking that way. *Ba dum tshhhh*

Hennessey Venom GT

04 The driver of the Venom GT, former racing driver and Michelin test engineer Brian Smith, had to put the brakes on after driving just 2.4 miles of NASA's 3.22-mile runway in order to give the car time to slow down and stop.

He reckons a longer runway would have been an entirely different story: "It was still pulling. It we could run on an eight-mile oval we could go faster than that."

05 Despite setting a new record, you won't actually see it when you get another Guinness Book of World Records for Christmas from your elderly neighbours. In order to get in, a car must make two runs in either direction and these speeds are then averaged for the official time.

NASA would only let HPE do one run. Spoil sports.

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