As of Nov. 10, 2014, the fastest car in the world is the Henessey Venom GT, which has a recorded maximum speed of 270.49 miles per hour. This speed beat the record set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport by a margin of 0.63 miles per hour.
The Venom GT also holds the time record for acceleration from zero to 200 miles per hour at 14.51 seconds. The vehicle is able to reach its high maximum speed as it generates 1,244 brake horse power from a seven-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. The Venom GT also features a lightweight design with a total weight of only 1,244 kilograms.