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Engineers Recalibrated The Hummer EV For Customer Safety

GMC Hummer EV Off-road Terrain
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The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is a massive off-road vehicle that has enough power to cause all four of the 35-inch tires to spin as it drives off the line when the WTF mode is engaged. It turns out that it’s also capable of popping a wheelie, or was before engineers intervened for the sake of safety. Because nothing screams “safe” like a 1,000 horsepower pickup truck that weighs roughly 9,000 pounds with a WTF driving mode.

According to TheDrive, the vehicle’s chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, shared some details regarding the speed bumps his engineering team had to hurtle over throughout the development of the GMC Hummer EV pickup truck. One such obstacle was wheelies, an unexpected feature that needed to be tuned out before the truck could be delivered to customers.

2023 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 Accessories EV3X EV2X EV2 Range Battery
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“In the early days when we were just trying to balance the front and rear torque, I got the front end to lift. We had to back off the torque on the front end.” Oppenheiser stated to the publication. This was partly due to the vehicle being developed digitally before it was ever brought out to test in the real world. When it comes to the production versions of the GMC Hummer EV, the wheelie capability wouldn’t be among the many features the vehicle has on offer.

If anyone finds a way to tune the Hummer EV, perhaps they can reenable the possibility of wheelies; however, we won’t be surprised if that ends up voiding the warranty. Nevertheless, the Hummer EV has managed to get on the road in the shortest development cycle in GM’s history. This was achieved by revealing the Hummer EV early, which allowed engineers to skip a few steps in the engineering process, such as testing with layers of black camouflage. Some may wonder if the record-setting development process affects the quality of the Hummer EV, but it looks like General Motors sprinted through up to this point but will take their time with the assembly process and launch of the 1,000 horsepower electric truck.

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV takes on the trails in Moab, Utah.
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Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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