Hummer H1 is basically the civilian counterpart of the four by four military light truck M998 Humvee. Created by AM General in partnership with General Motors, these four-wheel-drive utility vehicles were originally made strictly for military use but due to popular demand, was released to the civilian market. It was produced from 1992 until 2006 and is apparently the first of AM General’s Hummer line.
The versions of the Hummer H1 are powered by either 5.7-, 6.2-, 6.5- or 6.6-liter V8 engines combined with either a 3-, 4- or 5-speed automatic transmission. It inherits items from the Humvee such as the brakes, axles, frame and major body panels which makes it all the more capable of going through various terrains. The H1 has a ground clearance of about 16 inches and is able to ford 30 inches of water as well as climb through a 22-inch step.
A channel in the central space between the left and right seats enables the H1 to tuck in its driveline components and features such as inboard brakes and portal gears enable it to give a higher placement for its drivetrain’s half shafts; all these give the H1 greater ground clearance. The radiator is positioned up high at a sloping position over the engine inside the forward-hinged hood and the air intake system is mounted in a higher.
These enable the H1 to tread to waist-high waters. Thanks to its military origin and its build, it is not surprising that Hummers are usually used for search and rescue operations. Its ground clearance makes it the perfect vehicle to use during calamities such as typhoons and earthquakes. It can easily tread through high levels of flood waters as well as run through rubble and ruins just in time to rescue survivors.
Houston, Texas has been submerged in flood waters which have built up for the past few days due to heavy rains. Moreover, a lot of people have been stranded in their homes, offices and even in malls due to the flooding. Seven people have already been reported to have been killed by the catastrophic flooding. Four of them were drivers who tried to cross flood waters but were instead brought to their death.
People have been advised to get out of their cars instead of braving the flood waters to avoid drowning. This kind of extreme weather is what the Hummer H1 is built for, and so it is not surprising to see one on flooded Houston streets. An H1 from Search & Destroy Tactical vehicles, sister brand of custom car shop EVS Motors, made an appearance earlier this week. Instead of running away from the waist-high flooded streets, the H1 Hummer treaded through it with ease.
Some may think that it was out there to stimulate envy from drowned-vehicle owners but according to one Facebook comment in a post by Search & Destroy Tactical Vehicles, the H1 was seen to have been delivering food to a handicap woman who was stranded. The people behind the H1 weren’t just out there to fool around but had a valid reason out in the streets.