Hummer EV has new WTF mode and it Crabwalks

The Hummer EV prototype gave editors from around the automotive world the first ride. It seems the big unit formerly known as a gas-guzzling, environmentalist-hating, climate-changing brick is set to become one of the biggest turnaround stories in automotive history.

Hummer EV (Syndication: Detroit Free Press)

It was marketing genius when GMC announced that Hummer was entering the electric vehicle industry. Marketing is one thing though; something completely different happens when the rubber hits the road with car reporters behind the wheel. That said, it’s hard to find a bad review; more so, it seems the car world is somewhat shocked by the GMC Hummer EV.

Hummer is in WTF mode

Speaking of marketing genius, Hummer has WTF mode. It’s not what you think. This WTF is Watts to Freedom, and it is the launch control for the device. When you hit the WTF, this 9,000-pound beast will suck you back into your seat and go zero to 60 miles per hour in three seconds.

It’s not just the burst of speed; it is the expectation. It takes 18 seconds to prepare the Hummer for launch. The air springs are lowered, the seats begin to vibrate the cabin with sounds developed by Epic Games. CNET described the experience best: This is the kind of brutal acceleration that takes your breath away for a second or two, and it’s mind-blowing to experience in a vehicle this massive.

Maybe WTF should be Whoa, that’s fast. For some comparison, the Lamborghini Urus SUV records 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. The fastest truck is the Dodge Ram TRX which accomplishes the feat in 3.7 seconds, and the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette does it in 2.8 seconds.

Lobster EV

Hummer EV (Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

So how does an electric motor start a 4.5 ton Hummer during the blazing time? Let’s start with the brain behind the belly. The chief engineer for the Hummer EV is Al Oppenheiser, who is the same engineer who created the Camaro ZL1 1LE. He must have been a kid in a candy store because he put three motors in his latest creation – two in the back and one in the front.

The trio combine for 1,000 horsepower and more than 1,200 pound-feet of torque. The device goes more than 350 miles on a charge; however, how many WTFs you can do on one charge is unknown. Reporters say they saw various people out on rides smoking the tires at will. By the way, the massive 35-inch Goodyear tires were specifically designed for the Hummer.

Lobster Crabwalks

Almost as awesome as the WTF mode is the crab walk. The lobster has backward steering ability, which allows it to crab walk. The GMC video on YouTube has more than half a million views. You can bet that when these vehicles hit the streets, hundreds of videos will be uploaded. With the wheels in crabwalk mode, they angle at 10 degrees.

This amazing angle provides a turning radius of 35 feet, the same as a compact car. MotorTrend described the crabwalk like this: Once engaged, the Hummer seemingly glides in the direction it’s pointing. The feeling is otherworldly satisfying and hugely cool.

A Hummer variety of other functions

Remember when having a rearview camera was advanced? Hummer has 18 cameras, including four under the vehicle, complete with a washing mechanism. There is also a bird’s eye view. The glass roof comes off in four panels, along with the T-bar.

They can be stored in the trunk (the space in the front of the Hummer where a massive engine used to be). There’s a giant 13.4-inch screen inside that features animation created by Epic Games. It rides on huge 35-inch Goodyear tires specially designed for this EV.

The first vehicles will be on the road later this year at a sticker price north of $112,000. After that, an H2 will roll off production lines in 2024 for $80,000. All reviews seem to end with a conclusion echoed by Car and Driver: “The first impressions are on the ‘wow’ side of the spectrum, and we think buyers seeking this machine will be deeply impressed.” After watching several videos and reading several reviews, I admit I said wow a lot too.

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