Two for the Price of One: Hummer H1 Pulls Out Two Trucks At One Time

General Motors’ Hummer H1 is the civilian equivalent of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) – formerly the utility vehicle of the United States military.  It saw its hay day during the Persian Gulf war where it kept US forces mobile and agile to move about the desert.  Produced by AM General, it’s since been phased out as the military’s four-wheel drive light transport. 

The civilian counterpart, however, was brought about through the ardent encouragement of Arnold Schwarzenegger. In this video, we see why General Motors’ Hummer H1 became such a fast hit for off road enthusiasts.  Versatile, rugged, and packing a 6.2 L GM Diesel V8 – upgradeable to the powerful 6.6 L turbo Duramax LLY V8 or Allison 1000 5-speed – this all-terrain vehicle has more than enough power to get the job done.  And in this video, it’s made all the more clear as this H1 Hummer is able to blast through foot and a half thick-packed snow to still generate the torque necessary to pull a chain of Toyota trucks out of the drift.


Where General Motors Had it Right for the H1 Hummer

Detroit Diesels were the mainline engine installed in most of the civilian models in the H1’s production run from 1992 to 2006.  Rugged and dependable, these engines could take the hard conditions they were regularly thrown into.  The H1 Hummer, like the military HMMWV, was made to go through up to 30 inches of water, thick mud, snow, and up steep rock hills.  The initial design was made for a wider four-wheel drive vehicle capable of handling what the military needed it for – following in the track path of their M1A1 Abrams battle tank. With the standard 6,500 cc 6.5 L V8 Detroit Diesel equipped, this truck easily generates 430 lb ft of torque at 1,800 rpm.  That’s exactly what you need to crawl through the mud.  And a wider wheel base, it’s curb weight of 6,800 lbs could gain more grip on terrain rather than sinking in – unlike the H2.

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The Hummer H1 also has independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and durable coil springs perfect for navigating across very inhospitable terrain.  With a tra