Watch Hennessey deliver a Christmas tree at 192 mph


Hennessey has made a supercharged start to the holidays and taken its annual Christmas tree run to new extremes.

The Texas tuner strapped a fully-lit Fraser Fir to the top of its 1014-hp Venom 1000 Mustang GT500 and headed to the Continental Tire Proving Grounds in Ulvade to set a new speed record for arboreal acceleration.

The Eruption Green Mustang is powered by Hennessey’s hand-built 5.2-liter V-8 motor, which achieves its four-digit horsepower thanks to a 2.65-liter Roots-type supercharger, a high-flow induction system, uprated fuel rail and injector, and an air/oil separation system. Hennessey also recalibrates the car’s dual-clutch transmission and upgrades various fittings, such as lines, belts and tensioners. Running on regular 93 octane pump gas the Venom 1000 also delivers 850 lbft of torque.

Driver Spencer Geswein saw the needle on his speedometer reach 192 mph despite the extra drag of the Yule log and its woody weight, and established a tree-mendous new benchmark.

Hennessey first started its fast festivities in 2017 when one its Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody took a tree to 174 mph. In 2019 the HPE1000 Jeep Trackhawk raised the bar to 181 mph, while in 2021 John Hennessey borrowed his wife’s tuned Audi RS6 Avant to reach 183 mph with a tree on top.

After this year’s run, he must be pining for 200 mph.

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