This 800-Horsepower Hummer Is Ready To Race

H1 Hummer

If you ever wanted to race in a Humvee, this is your ticket.

The HMMWV--or High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, or “Hummer”--was the US Military’s primary all-purpose vehicle since the 1980s. It’s still in service, although slowly being replaced by the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). It was capable of transporting an entire infantry squad and mounting a variety of heavy weapons in a centrally-mounted turret coupling.

It also gained a reputation around the world as being a serious armored, all-terrain vehicle. After there turned out to be a civilian market for the Hummer, General Motors started making versions that had less armor and more creature comforts like air conditioning and seatbelts.

The Hummer eventually fell out of style in favor of more fuel-efficient (and slightly thinner) SUVs, but the vehicle retains its reputation for being an armored brute in civilian clothing.

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Mil-Spec used that reputation to great effect in their H1 Launch Edition, a highly customized and restored version of the original civilian H1 Hummer. But before they made the Launch Edition, Mil-Spec found a military HMMWV and used it as a technological testbed for their planned H1 upgrade package.

And then they said, “What the hell,” and just turned it into a racing Hummer. Y’know, as you do.

Pretty much everything but the body and chassis of this Hummer has been replaced. The engine is now a 6.6-L Duramax turbodiesel running at 40 lbs of boost and outputting 800 horsepower and 1,500 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual provides power to either the rear or all wheels, while the suspension lowers the truck by 7 whole inches.

Zero to sixty takes 6.5 seconds, which is actually quite impressive for a 6,000-lb pickup.

The video above doesn’t quite show the Hummer at the track, but we do get to see it in action courtesy of YouTuber Seen Through Glass. Sadly, you can’t buy this yourself, but Mil-Spec makes similar H1 Hummers that are quite a bit nicer if not quite as well armored.

(via Motor1)

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