In 1975, the U.S. Military was looking for something to replace the iconic Willy’s Jeep. First, Lamborghini stepped up to the plate with its offering in the form of an SUV called the Cheetah, and although the U.S. Military didn’t bite, Lamborghini went on to produce it anyway and built the V12-powered LM002.
Eventually, Uncle Sam decided to go with a company called AM General, a subsidiary of AMC. AM General produced the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, what we all know as the Humvee, with the civilian version being known as the Hummer H1.
The Humvee has been in production since 1984, and it’s safe to say that it is getting a bit old. After tacking on about three tons of armor, the 190 horsepower V8 diesel engine helps the Humvee slowly saunter along, making it less than ideal for war situations. The United States military is currently looking to replace the Humvee, but that could prove to be very expensive, with replacements having a price tag of up to $300,000 per unit. Not that the U.S. Government knows how to balance a budget in the first place…
One solution that doesn’t involve replacing the vehicles is to upgrade the Humvees currently in service. Enter Banks engineering, which offers a more sophisticated turbocharging system with a new injector pump and fuel injectors and a revised computer controlled hydraulic shock system.
So how does a standard, U.S. Military-Spec Humvee shape up against the Banks Engineering Humvee? Watch and find out, in this rather unusual episode of Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head.