Automotive YouTuber Mondi took delivery of a 2022 Hummer EV a few days after Halloween. After giving it a prerequisite go-around to discuss some of the truck’s unique features, he and two passengers took the EV for a spin, mainly to test the Hummer EV’s Watts To Freedom (WTF) driving mode. GMC gave its new EV a few driving modes (Normal, Off-Road, Terrain, etc.) to cope with changing road conditions. However, WTF mode is like activating the afterburners of a fighter jet.
With the Watts To Freedom driving mode engaged, the system lowers the suspension and cools the batteries automatically before takeoff. MotorBiscuit adds the only thing left to do is to release the brakes and keep the pedal to the metal to experience the thrill (or terror) of an almost-5-ton EV scampering the Earth below. But as Mondi found out relatively quickly, flogging the GMC Hummer EV on dirt roads is not without consequences.
Less than 19 miles after taking delivery, the Hummer EV hit a “big dip” on a rough patch of pavement at speed, and the unexpected happened. The EV punctured a radiator, lost a few parts, and could have a permanent “Crab Walk” rear axle. No vehicle is indestructible (unless we’re talking about the Toyota Hilux that Clarkson, Hammond, and May unsuccessfully destroyed in old Top Gear), and Mondi has proven that even the GMC Hummer EV is not immune to the nuances of human-induced fun.