Automotive journalist Matt Farah recently travelled to Detroit, Michigan to film a video featuring a heavily customized Hummer H1 – a journey that ended with him shredding the tires off of the military-grade SUV after he attempted to drift it around the .25-mile oval at Flat Rock Speedway.
Right about now, most readers are probably asking themselves how Farah managed to get the tires smoking on a Hummer H1. The answer is simple: this is no ordinary Hummer. The H1 in question was put together by the Michigan-based Hummer specialists at Mil-Spec and was developed for performance driving and track days. As such, it features a tuned 800-horsepower turbo-diesel V8, rebuilt coilover suspension, lightweight alloy wheels shod in Pirelli P Zero tires and Wilwood brakes. The track day treatment continues inside with four bolstered Sparco race seats and a Momo racing wheel.
Farrah was curious how Mil-Spec’s track-ready Hummer H1 would actually perform if he drove it in anger, so he took it out to Flat Rock Speedway in nearby Ash Township to stretch its legs. He then decided to pull off some smoky drifts for the camera, but rather unsurprisingly, the Hummer only lasted a few minutes before it shredded its rear Pirelli tires to bits. While this performance-focused Hummer is about 1,500 pounds lighter than a comparable stock model, it’s evidently still very heavy.
To be clear, the majority of Mil-Spec’s Hummer H1s are built for off-road performance and on-road comfort. This track day model was only a one-off creation built to test the limits of the H1 platform and drum up some publicity for the business – though if any mad person actually wanted to purchase one, we’re sure Mil-Spec would be happy to oblige.
Check out the video embedded below.