Video of the Week: YouTuber Crashes Hummer After Just Nine Miles
Venerable publication Road&Track brings us the story of the YouTuber who crashed his GMC Hummer EV trying to jump a ditch after just nine miles of ownership.
A YouTuber named Mondi picked up three passengers, headed to a gravel road near a freeway, and did some launches mostly without incident -- though at least one passenger seems to be not amused -- before crashing hard into a big dip at the 5:00-minute mark of the video. So hard that he destroys the radiator and the right-rear suspension. He later says the vehicle is in "permanent crab walk mode".
Parts were thrown and an indent from the 9,000-lb Hummer was left in the road, but Mondi apparently limped it home, even with the right-rear damage.
It looks like this happens in Las Vegas -- there's a GMC dealer matching the name of the one shown in the video located in that city. That reminds me of a line from a two-decade-old flick about gentleman thieves: "In this town, your luck can change just that quickly."
Indeed, Mondi gambled that his Hummer would conquer this particular jump, and instead, it went bust.
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Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.
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