When it comes to us humans, there is always this particular obsession with having the biggest, best, and even fastest device or ride in town. It does seem as though the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s long standing record (relatively speaking, of course) when it comes to the highest land speed achieved by a production car has been broken by the Hennessey Venom. Thanks to test pilot Brian Smith who spent Valentine’s Day at the Kennedy Space Center to help increase the amount of affection shown by motorheads to the Hennessey Venom, he managed to push the ride to touch 270.49 m.p.h., thanks to a whopping 1,244 horsepower engine underneath the hood. This broke the highest speed ever reached by a production car by a wee bit, where the previous record stood at the 269.86 mark.

You can check out the rather crazy footage in the YouTube video above, where the car boasts of a 7.0-liter twin-turbo GM-sourced V8, where it accelerated from 20 m.p.h. to 120 m.p.h. in a matter of just 7.71 seconds. Once it touched 120 m.p.h., it managed to rocket to 220 m.p.h. in under 10 seconds.

Brian Smith, a former Michelin test engineer also shared, “At the very top end, there was a little wandering, but hey, we’re going 270 m.p.h.! It was still pulling. If we could run on an eight-mile oval, we could go faster than that.” [Press Release]

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