It’s certainly not every day you hear about someone taking a SUV to a racetrack. It’s even more rare to hear about someone doing that with a Hummer H1. Well, our favorite ex-Ferrari owner turned Hummer H1 reviewer has done just that – taken his military machine to the New Jersey Motorsports Park.
You may recall Doug DeMuro’s video showcasing his new Hummer H1 and its ability to climb atop and crush a ratty old Chrysler PT Cruiser. Well, the H1 might be good at crushing objects, but it’s definitely not good at crushing lap times.
As the video shows, the Hummer’s 350-cubic-inch Chevy small-block V-8 has a hard time moving the vehicle’s 7,000 pounds. In fact, the fasted speed Doug managed to achieve was a laughable 65 mph – on the back straight. Surprisingly, the H1 did surprisingly well with brake fade and cornering. Doug attributes both to the sheer lack of speed. The need for brakes was almost absent while the wide stance of the H1 kept body roll to a minimum.
Nevertheless, the H1 is no track toy. Only five laps in, the coolant expansion tank began vomiting on the windshield in protest of the abuse. Thankfully nothing was broken, nobody got hurt, and everyone seemed to have a good time.