The Humvee and its civilian counterpart the Hummer are designed to ford up to 30 inches of water. This modified Humvee, though, is about to get fully submerged in a river. Will it stall at the bottom of the river bed or power its way through to the other side? Before we find out the answer, let’s see what makes this vehicle capable of driving completely underwater and learn more about some of its characteristics.
A Humvee, not a Hummer H1
The guy who posted this isn’t quite sure if the vehicle is a Humvee or a Hummer H1. The giveaway that it’s a Humvee is that the back end of the vehicle is slanted down. If it was an H1, it would have a square back or truck bed. The Humvee has an available fully enclosed metal cabin and is made of lightweight, rust-resistant aluminum. Its unique drivetrain rises into the cabin area creating a chest-high transmission hump, which gives it a lower center of gravity compared to other vehicles. There are several versions of this military vehicle including some with supplemental armor, missile carriers, and winches. While there are several models that have the square back or truck bed like the Hummer H1, the slanted-back design found on models such as the M1114 is unique to the Humvee.
A Crucial Military Vehicle
The Humvee has been in service in the US and other militaries since 1984. AM General was awarded the contract to produce the Humvee, and they would go on to deliver 55,000 of these vehicles in the first five years of production. By 1991, they had delivered 72,000 Humvees to the military, and these light armored cars and light utility vehicles were critical in winning the Gulf War and later conflicts. The production cost of a Humvee is up to $220,000, and there have been 281,000 made since 1984.
Humvee Dimensions and Key Performance Specs
As mentioned, there are several different types of Humvees, but they all have the same basic body structure and dimensions:
• 15 feet long
• 10 foot, 10-inch wheel base
• 7 feet, 1-inch wide
• 6 feet tall
With a curb weight between 5,200 and 5,900 pounds, the Humvee is about the same weight as a full-size truck. A powerful and incredibly versatile vehicle, some of its key performance specs are:
• V8 diesel or V8 turbo diesel engine
• Produces 190 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque
• 3- or 4-speed automatic transmission
• Independent 4×4 double-wishbone suspension
• Top speed of over 70 mph
• Fuel tank holds 25 gallons
• 37 x 12.5 radial tires with runflat devices
The Military Fording Modification Allows for Complete Submersion
As impressive as the Humvee’s performance specs are, probably more impressive is the variety of modifications that can be made to it. Humvees can be fitted with a variety of different weapons and can also be equipped with large satellites and be used as ambulances. One of the most impressive modifications, though, is the fording kit. Building on the optional 5-foot fording kit, this modification also includes:
• A snorkel
• A CDR valve vent line
• An oil pressure switch vent line
• A sensor cup vent line
• A power steering vent line
• An air cleaner extension elbow
• A few other modifications
Equipped with this fording kit, like this one obviously is, a Humvee can drive in over 6 feet of water. Humvees are sometimes parked in water this deep as well to remain hidden from enemy view.
Want Your Own Humvee?
While the Hummer is the version of this vehicle made for the civilian market, you can actually buy military Humvees on sites like eBay. There are different versions out there as well as various parts available. To drive a Humvee, though, you’ll have to make sure it has a street-legal title. Once you have one, you could actually get the fording kit and start having some fun driving it underwater! This is something you couldn’t do with a Hummer because it doesn’t have a sealed electrical system and instruments like the Humvee does.
A Muddy Detour
I think the best part is when the Humvee driver veers off to the right and gets stuck briefly in the river bed. You then see all the mud dispersing into the water as the driver backs it out to get back on track. Take a look and see how he’s able to maneuver in this amazing modified vehicle.