What can I expect on the day
Driving a Hummer is probably like no other car driving experience you are ever likely to have. That’s in part because the Hummer brand is officially no more, so no more of these hulking great SUVs will be rolling off the production lines anytime soon. But fear not, we have a Hummer H2 hiding here in the UK, ready for you to drive.
This hulking behemoth of a car has serious military roots and it shows. Those arrowslit-type windows, that water obstacle defying high ground clearance and the sheer bulkiness of this H2 Hummer suggests some seriousness behind all that chromed-up bodywork. And indeed, it’s powered by a huge 6.2l V8 engine, which it needs, as this Hummer weighs in at not far off three tons. That’s because underneath it all is a super tough ladder-frame, fully-welded chassis, providing strength, stiffness and general gnarliness.
Indeed, this H2 version is the second of three civil reincarnations of the military HumVee. But even in this public guise, we can’t say it boasts a highly refined interior. And we couldn’t even say it has been toned down for general consumption when dressed in civvies. This Hummer SUV is hardcore, huge and heavy duty.
For these Hummer driving experiences you will be taking this H2 model out on the smooth tarmac track. This is so not natural habitat for the Hummer, as they prefer wading through swirling waters up to the door handles and ploughing through mountainous terrain. Of course, off road is where the box-like design comes into its own as there are absolutely no overhangs on the Hummer and that chassis is as solid as they come.
So, prepare yourself for some interesting handling as you hit the track. From inside it might feel like you’re trying to steer a camel through the eye of the needle and spatial awareness becomes a whole new concept with this SUV that’s over two metres wide. What’s more, let’s not forget that only the last H3 Hummer version was converted to right hand drive, so this is a left hand drive H2 Hummer you’ll be in charge of.
Driving a Hummer for three or six miles of this renowned Leicestershire track is going to be, as our American cousins would say, a totally awesome experience. It might look like an overgrown Hot Wheels model, but this Hummer SUV is very much real and they will only be getting rarer and rarer in the motoring marketplace. Drive an H2 while you can!
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