Watts To Freedom for the Fourth of July.
Production of the GMC Hummer EV Pickup doesn't start until this fall, God willing, but we've seen it from almost every angle and know a ton about its capabilities. But today was the first time GMC showed a video of its launch control dubbed Watts To Freedom (WTF), where the truck can go from 0-60 mph in an unbelievable 3 seconds flat.
We do like the animations, including the "armed," "floor it" and "release brake" notifications. We also see a g-meter in the video showing 0.74g of acceleration, which is supercar impressive. It's a short clip, but we can also see the EV visually hunkering down before takeoff.
At the reveal, GMC announced two different drivetrains for the Hummer. The base two-motor drive system won't arrive until 2023, but this one, the three-motor version produces an incredible 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of torque, going out to an e4WD setup. This system also includes torque vectoring plus a CrabWalk function that allows the truck to turn its wheels in different directions. GMC says the three-motor model can drive over 350 miles on a charge and recover almost 100 miles of range in 10 minutes of fast charging.
"Watts to Freedom unlocks the full potential of the propulsion system and puts all of its available power to the pavement," said Al Oppenheiser, HUMMER EV chief engineer, formerly of Corvette. "It's an all-encompassing experience unlike anything else - purpose-built for straight-line fun."
According to GMC, the Hummer readies itself for Watts to Freedom with "a series of interior experiences that convey the feeling of a pre-launch countdown." There are interactive controls, unique sounds through the Bose speakers and those screen animations. It drops 2 inches to provide a lower center of gravity.
We're definitely ready to try both this launch control and the CrabWalk feature out. We're also interested to see how its massive curb weight feels from behind the wheel. If production starts later this year, we should be driving it soon. Whenever it is, we're sure it's not soon enough.