Generally, producers like to indicate off their fancy new wares on the Woodward Dream Cruise. It’s largely executed by way of static showcases with huge shows for the general public to gawk at. Nonetheless, GM did one thing a bit completely different with its GMC Hummer EV truck this 12 months.
As a substitute of parking it on the Chevy and GM show space, it took to Woodward Avenue itself to indicate off the Hummer in pre-production type. Not solely did GM drive the electrical truck on the street in entrance of hundreds, but it surely crab walked the entire method.
This was our first time, and doubtless many of the public’s first time seeing the Hummer EV crab mode in particular person. Judging from the gang’s response (GM acquired its want of all people paying consideration), people are impressed, and possibly a bit confused on the Hummer’s sideways actions.
It’s an odd spectacle to see in particular person. At first, the truck seems as if it’s sliding sideways on ice in a easy, swish slide. That’s as a result of although the wheels are turned, the entrance of the truck continues to be pointing useless straight forward. The GM worker behind the wheel of the prototype seemed to be transferring ahead at about 5-10 mph — it seems shockingly fast in particular person for the way in which this behemoth of a truck presents itself.
The tech making it work is relatively easy in idea. GM merely took current rear-wheel steering expertise, then amplified and modified it for one of these motion. Whereas most automobiles with rear-wheel steering max out at round 5 levels of lock with the rear wheels, this Hummer can flip the wheels as much as 10 levels. Flip the wheel left or proper in crab mode, and the Hummer strikes diagonally down the road. If you happen to use it for its supposed function, crab mode is supposed that can assist you navigate the Hummer by way of trails it’d in any other case be too huge to suit by way of utilizing common steering.
In actuality, we suspect most folk may use crab mode in the very same style as GM did this previous weekend: to impress folks. And actually, we will’t blame them. It was a severely cool sight to see.
Crab mode in motion: