Leave it to Kyle LeDuc and his 900-horsepower off-road racing truck.
Across the country and around the world, people are trying to lash evergreens to the roofs of their cars to get them home in time to decorate for the holidays. But few (if any) of them are getting them home from the impromptu parking-lot forests quite like Kyle LeDuc has in this video.
The scion of an off-road racing family, LeDuc is a five-time Lucas Oil Off-Road champion – and father of two, who were evidently very keen to get their tree up in their living room. So Kyle did what any racer would do, and strapped it to the top of his truck.
And not just any truck, either. This is a Pro4-spec F-150 Raptor. Where the “standard” Raptor that you can buy at your local Ford dealer boasts an impressive 450 horsepower, channeled through a ten-speed automatic, and weighs about 5,700 pounds, LeDuc's EVV011 6X packs over 900 horsepower, with a six-speed sequential gearbox, and weighs just 4,000 pounds. It has over 18 inches of suspension travel, just one seat, and will traverse just about any terrain you'd care to throw it at with the pace you'd sooner expect of a fighter jet – with or without a Christmas tree strapped to the roof.
The video even features a 235-foot jump, and was put together by Toyo Tires, which shoes and sponsors LeDuc's truck in the Lucas Oil series, along with King Shocks and Monster Energy – whose propensity for tire-smoking, tail-wagging, high-octane antics should be well known by this point. Call this a fitting, three-minute, multimedia Christmas card, then. Or just call it a feast for the eyes and ears in this holiday season. Either way, you'll want to watch this one on the big screen, and turn up the volume.