A Belgian motorist has inadvertently become the test driver for the new fastest car.......in the world. In a small a small Belgian town on the French border, the unnamed motorist received a ticket in the mail from a speed camera, stating that his Opel Astra was clocked at 696 km/h, or 439mph according to The Telegraph. Unfortunately, according to local media, the speed calculation was due to a coding error. Half the speed of sound is impressive for a car that left the factory with a max of 178 hp, we salute you unnamed Opel driver, it's just a shame the shared picture did not show what the fine amount was, however according to Drivetribe, it was 6,597 Euro. I'd frame it for sure. According to the world governing body of motor sport, FIA, the current holder of the outright world land speed record is ThrustSSC, a twin turbofan jet-powered car which achieved 763.035 mph - 1227.985 kph - over one mile in October 1997. This was the first supersonic record as it broke the sound barrier at Mach 1.016.