A revolutionary new "hybrid tilt-rotor" aircraft has set a new record for the fastest helicopter - an epically swift 302mph.

The feat eclipses the previous record of 287.7mph set by a Sikorsky's X2 in 2010.

The Eurocopter X3 uses three rotary blades - one main one on top of the aircraft and a further two pointing forward attached to stubby wings.

eurocopter x3 speed record

Perhaps not the prettiest but certainly the fastest

Based on the more traditional EC155, the X3 uses two Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322 turboshaft engines, each one capable of producing 2270 HP.

During testing in Southern France a previous flight earlier in the month saw the X3 hitting 293mph.

Test pilot, Hervé Jammayrac, said: "It’s no exaggeration to say that the X3 is clearly in its element at high speeds.

"While flying at both 255 knots and 263 knots, the X3 performed exactly as it has throughout its flight envelope, exhibiting outstanding stability and providing a low vibration level without any anti-vibration system."

Despite still being a concept, Eurocopter sees great promise for the aircraft.

Its speed and potential range suit it to search and rescue while its high cruise altitude of 12,500 feet and vertical take off and landing (VTOL) mean it is ideal for special forces missions.

Its makers also envisage further models with increased passenger capacity providing a more versatile commuting alternative to jets.

And this isn't the first amazing flying machine we've seen this week - check out this incredible (prototype) flying bike (pics below).

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  • Two men watch the remote-controlled Flying Bike with a test dummy during its presentation in Prague on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that can fly. Controlled remotely, the bike carrying a figurine successfully took off Wednesday inside a large exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a five-minute flight. (AP Photo/CTK, Stanislav Zbynek) SLOVAKIA OUT

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    Journalists take photos of a flying bike, unique construction of Czech designers and modern technology of French company ''Dessault Systemes - 3D software tools'' on June 12 , 2013 at the hall of Letnany fairground in Prague. This bike flies thanks to six futuristic horizontal propellers and an electric motor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Journalists take photos of a flying bike, unique construction of Czech designers and modern technology of French company ''Dessault Systemes - 3D software tools'' on June 12 , 2013 at the hall of Letnany fairground in Prague. This bike flies thanks to six futuristic horizontal propellers and an electric motor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A picture taken on June 12 , 2013 at the hall of Letnany fairground in Prague shows a dummy sitting on the flying bike, a unique construction of Czech designers and modern technology of French company ''Dessault Systemes - 3D software tools''. This bike flies thanks to six futuristic horizontal propellers and an electric motor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A technicians prepares the flying bike, a unique construction of Czech designers and modern technology of French company ''Dessault Systemes - 3D software tools'' on June 12 , 2013 at the hall of Letnany fairground in Prague. This bike flies thanks to six futuristic horizontal propellers and an electric motor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CZECH-TECHNOLOGY-FLYING-BIKE

    Technicians watch the flying bike, a unique construction of Czech designers and modern technology of French company ''Dessault Systemes - 3D software tools'' on June 12 , 2013 at the hall of Letnany fairground in Prague. This bike flies thanks to six futuristic horizontal propellers and an electric motor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • CZECH-TECHNOLOGY-FLYING-BIKE

    A picture taken on June 12 , 2013 at the hall of Letnany fairground in Prague shows a dummy sitting on the flying bike, a unique construction of Czech designers and modern technology of French company ''Dessault Systemes - 3D software tools''. This bike flies thanks to six futuristic horizontal propellers and an electric motor. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • The remote-controlled Flying Bike with a test dummy is ready for its during presentation fly in Prague on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that can fly. Controlled remotely, the bike carrying a figurine successfully took off Wednesday inside a large exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a five-minute flight.(AP Photo/CTK, Stanislav Zbynek) SLOVAKIA OUT

  • Two men watch the remote-controlled Flying Bike with a test dummy during its presentation in Prague on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that can fly. Controlled remotely, the bike carrying a figurine successfully took off Wednesday inside a large exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a five-minute flight. (AP Photo/CTK, Stanislav Zbynek) SLOVAKIA OUT

  • Journalists watch the remote-controlled Flying Bike with a test dummy during its presentation in Prague on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that can fly. Controlled remotely, the bike carrying a figurine successfully took off Wednesday inside a large exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a five-minute flight. (AP Photo/CTK, Stanislav Zbynek) SLOVAKIA OUT