A Christmas tree has just gone 280kph*

Christmas trees are, generally, not that fast. They take years to grow. They spend their lives as upright, static shelters for whatever gifts were on offer the night before the big day. Speed isn’t a key tenet of a Christmas tree’s make-up.

John Hennessey has decided to shun convention, and strapped a giant six-foot Douglas Fir onto the roof of a Hellcat and gone for a spirited flat out run. Because nothing screams Christmas like a tree being run like an extra from a heist movie.

Hennessey is a man not afraid of challenging any convention relating to speed. He built a Lotus Exige based Venom hypercar which could, theoretically, outrun the Bugatti Veyron, and for years, he has been the most renowned speed merchant in America.

As a man who was born, raised and still resides in Texas, Hennessey does everything in a manner of spectacular hyperbole.

Along Continental Tyre’s proving ground in Texas – the same proving ground where Hennessey ran a Mustang to 333kph – an unmodified Challenger Hellcat was deployed, using its 527kW to propel the poor tree at quite a rate.
280kph, as it turns out. The driver in question was Brian Smith, director of Ford’s Performance Racing School. So, a man who knows a thing or two about speed. What does all of this prove?

Well, that the Fir is a great deal more aero than any of us could ever have imaged. And that the truest of Santa’s helpers might not be an elf, but rather a hugely powerful, supercharged American V8 muscle car instead.


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