Mil-Spec Automotive reveals its latest creation.
You know the world has changed when even the brashest and most obnoxious brand ever made has decided to turn to electric power. These days, a new 2022 GMC Hummer EV is not a gas-guzzling brute but a symbol of a changing attitude towards electric vehicles. However, it seems that Mil-Spec Automotive didn't get the memo.
The Michigan-based restorer and enhancer of oversized trucks has been working on bringing Hummer H1 luxury and capability up to today's standards for some time, despite the fact that these trucks are incredibly outdated in so many ways. But these builds keep getting commissioned, so Mil-Spec must be doing something right. The latest, a $412,000 project, is called the M1-R, and it's seriously eye-catching.
Most of the Hummer builds that the tuner has carried out have been finished in black, but this one is in a neck-breaking yellow. Of course, paint alone doesn't justify that immense cost, so what does? Mil-Spec co-founder Ian Broekman says that this is the first of a new type of build:
"Our goal with the new M1 Series is to present a truly elite classically styled H1 made for modern-day driving. Growing up in Detroit, the H1 made such a huge impression on us all as young auto enthusiasts, and our company founders saw a lot of potential in improving vintage Hummers with modern performance and comfort." Working off feedback from past customers, Broekman says that Mil-Spec has now elevated the H1 to a new level that is truly remarkable.
First up, the 6.6-liter diesel V8 is now capable of over 800 horsepower and 1,200 lb-ft of torque. To help make the most of that power, the M1-R features six-piston brakes, an air-locking differential, Rod Hall long-travel racing suspension, and a lavishly appointed cabin. Billet aluminum is used for the gear selector, electronic gear indicator, and electronic parking brake.
The material also features on the steering wheel and various switchgear, while the paint and quilted Napa leather are an adaptation of the original H1's Competition Yellow, with added metallic flakes for the paint. Mil-Spec says this new build is the first to feature every available customization option, hence its lofty price. But if you want to create something unique with your own vision, orders for the M1 series of trucks start at $299,500.