• Custom tuning house Hennessey strapped a Christmas tree to a 1000-hp Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk and reached a top speed of 181 mph.
  • This isn’t a one-time thing for the Texas tuner; its previous record of 173 mph was set in 2017 with a stock Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody.
  • Hennessey is looking to reach 200 mph next holiday season.

    A few years ago, Texas tuning house Hennessey got bored and strapped a Christmas tree on the top of a stock Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody to claim a record for the world’s fastest Christmas tree. But the people at Hennessey have a well-known thirst for gargantuan amounts of horsepower, so clearly they were itching for a faster evergreen.



    Oddly enough, this year they decided to go with a car that’s almost 1000 pounds heavier and a lot taller than the Challenger, but more powerful. Hennessey strapped a Christmas tree to a HPE1000 Jeep Cherokee Trackhawk—powered by the same supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine found in the Hellcat, though this one makes around 1000 horsepower—and went out to the Continental Tire’s proving ground in Uvalde, Texas, to break the record.

    In 2017, the tree on top of the Hellcat reached 173 mph. John Hennessey, owner of Hennessey Performance Engineering, says that a friend asked him at a Christmas party when he was going to do the Christmas-tree run again. That’s how this year’s effort came about. Merry Chrysler.

    As if horsepower isn’t enough to the Texas tuner, so is speed. Next year, John Hennessey says he’s aiming for a 200-mph tree. Maybe with one of his 1200-hp C8 Corvettes?

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