This week, intense winter weather swept across much of the midwest, central and southern United States, blanketing the country in ice and snow. While this left many residents walled up inside their homes, it gave General Motors’ engineers developing the new GMC Hummer EV the perfect opportunity to showcase the vehicle’s four-wheel-drive capability.
GMC shared a video to its official Facebook page on Tuesday showing a pre-production prototype for the GMC Hummer EV doing a donut in the snow at what looks to be the GM Milford Proving Ground. The short 15-second clip ends as the words “Enjoy a powdered donut on us” flash across the screen – a reference to the doughy treats that are typically consumed on Fat Tuesday.
The GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 will come standard with equipment that will make pirouettes like this fairly easy. The standard electronically-controlled, driver-selectable front locking differential can lock both front wheels to make them turn at the same speed and also send 100 percent of available torque to either of the front wheels, while the rear virtual locker enables rear torque vectoring. This system also allows fully synchronized e-4WD propulsion.
Of course, the GMC Hummer EV will have the power necessary to perform donuts like this, too. The Edition 1, which will be the most powerful model, will feature a tri-motor powertrain producing 1,000 horsepower. The Hummer EV3X trim level will come standard with a tri-motor 800 horsepower powertrain, but customers will also be able to order this 1,000 horsepower version of the three-motor setup as an option. The 24-module Ultium battery pack will provide an estimated range of around 350 miles in these models.
The GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 is scheduled for launch in the fall of 2021. Prices for the Edition 1 trim start at $112,595, although all of them have been spoken for. The Hummer EV3X will be the next to enter production after the Edition 1 and is set to begin arriving in the fall of 2022 with a price tag of $99,995.
In the meantime, be sure to watch the GMC Hummer EV serve up some powdered donuts in the video embedded below.