The Grinch has once again stolen a Christmas tree! Except this time, he’s behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which has been appropriately painted in Eruption Green. Last year, the creature with a heart 3 times smaller than it should be attempted to steal Christmas in an Audi RS6 Avant, reaching 183 MPH in his escape. However, this isn’t just any Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, as this one has been fitted with the Hennessey Venom 1000 package for the annual Christmas Tree Run.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Christmas Tree Run: Details
After stealing the Christmas tree from a van at the Continental Tires Proving Grounds in Texas, The Grinch slapped the tree onto the car’s roof and made a mad dash away from the scene. However, Spencer Geswein is quick to act and eventually gets the car back. After confiscating the vehicle and the tree from The Grinch, he hops behind the wheel.
This is Hennessey’s second most powerful build based on the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Yes, there is a more robust package from Hennessey, the Venom 1200. The range-topping kit is tailored to the Mustang Shelby GT500, places 1,200 horsepower under the hood, and bumps the torque up to an astounding 902 lb-ft of torque from a supercharged 5.2L Predator V8 engine.
In the Christmas Tree Run video, the amped-up Mustang used its whopping 1,000 horsepower to beat last year’s super wagon by hitting 192 MPH. In recent years, we’ve seen Hennessey’s Dodge Challenger Hellcat Widebody do 174 MPH, which was surpassed by a Porsche 911 Turbo S which reached 175 MPH, and a Jeep Trackhawk reaching 181 MPH.
Since The Grinch doesn’t seem to give up, we can expect to see him repeat his offense next year. If he gets his hands on Hennessey’s Venom F5, the green creature will likely surpass the 200 MPH barrier, provided the tuner will opt into using its hypercar for the 2023 Christmas Tree Run. Regardless. Happy Holidays!