Ever wonder what happens to a Christmas tree at over 170 mph?
Christmas is nearly here, so to get us in the festive spirit Texas-based tuner Hennessey came up with the novel idea of creating the world’s fastest Christmas tree. As John Hennessey explains in a video, the company contacted Dodge to see if they could borrow a Challenger SRT Demon to strap a Christmas tree to the roof of the muscle car. They didn’t have one available, but they did send a 2018 Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody instead to do the Christmas-themed stunt.
Without the tree, Henenssey managed to max out the Challenger SRT Hellcat at 177 mph with the makeshift roof rack, so the tuner wanted to see how the performance would be affected with a tree strapped to the roof. Turns out that adding a Christmas tree to the roof of a Challenger SRT Hellcat widebody has little effect on the performance despite the increased drag.
Behind the wheel was Brian Smith, director of the Ford Performance Racing School, who managed to hit 174 mph in the Challenger Hellcat at the Continental Tire Proving Grounds track in Uvalde, Texas, with the 6ft Christmas tree attached to the roof. How did he celebrate? By doing what the Challenger Hellcat was designed to do: a tire-smoking burnout. Like the standard car, the Challenger Hellcat SRT Widebody has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 707 hp and 650 lb-ft torque, allowing the muscle car to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 195 mph.