Venom GT clocks record speed at Kennedy Space Center

4:49 PM, Feb 26, 2014   |    comments
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(CBS) The Hennessey Venom GT isn't just pretty to look at. It's now known as the fastest sports car in the world. The supercar set a new land speed record earlier this month clocking in at 270.49 miles per hour. It narrowly beats the old record held by Bugatti's Veyron Super Sport.

The record-setting run happened earlier this month at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a runway made for Space Shuttle landings. The entire run from 0 to 270.49 mph (435.31 km) took less than a minute. It's unclear, however, whether the car's achievement will make it into the Guinness World Records. To be officially recognized, a car must make two runs in opposite directions, something that wasn't allowed on the NASA landing strip.

The Hennessey Venom GT is a Lotus Exige with a modified chassis sporting a 7.0- liter V8 engine with twin turbochargers.

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