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The speed of light is an absolute factor - there is not enough energy in the whole Universe to accelerate anything faster. There are some scientists and mathematicians working on a theory that has the speed of light as the slowest speed in a parallel Universe and, just like non-Euclidian geometry, there have been no conflicts so far. It's all a bit eerie and disquieting, but there is no practical significance for their work. But for our predictable space/time setup, light speed is king and not even neutrinos get anywhere near the speed of light.
No However The Helios, which holds the record for fastest manmade object, was a series of two spacecraft launched in the mid-1970s to study the Sun. Both probes were developed through cooperation between the US and West Germany with scientists from both nations providing experiments and NASA providing the launch vehicle and booster. Helios 1 was launched in December 1974 and Helios 2 in January 1976, both reaching the Sun within about three months. And reached speeds of 150,000 mph
. ^^^ On the previous line, I embedded my answer in a code nanoform that will transmit text faster than the light emitted by your screen. (Sorry, if it's hard to read at your end. ) I do remember some gobbledygook about black holes (as you call them) having weird effects on light within or inside (?) the event horizon, but since I left all my reference books on my home planet, I can't tell ya more. Soooooo, I'll just play it safe and say ... Not "officially" here, so far, but ....