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Car and Driver wrote an Interesting article that sheds light into what the Hummer's 11,500 lb-ft of torque number actually means.

Apparently GM came up with that number using a non-standard way of reporting torque. "By the measurement we suspect GM is using to arrive at 11,500 lb-ft, a Chevy Silverado 3500HD pickup would make 14,129 lb-ft."

Torque is a measure of the amount of rotating force produced by an engine—or, in the case of an EV, an electric motor (or multiple motors). It is calculated in either pound-feet or newton-meters, as measured at the crankshaft. But this 11,500-lb-ft number is almost certainly referring to the amount of torque measured at the wheels, meaning it is multiplied by the Hummer's gear ratio (or ratios).

Applying this same method to other conventional gasoline-powered trucks would generate equally shocking numbers. The Chevy Silverado 3500HD's 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8 engine makes 910 lb-ft at the crank, but multiplying that number by its first-gear and final-drive ratios results in an insane 14,129 lb-ft, more than the Hummer's claim.

Hummer is not providing the new electric truck's gearing at this point. But based on the light-duty Silverado's gear ratios—which range from 13.8 to 16.1 depending on engine, transmission, and final-drive options—we can guess that the Hummer's real torque number is somewhere between 715 and 834 lb-ft.
 

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This is turning out to be a very savvy marketing move by GM. It shocked people (including me) when it was first announced and people won't stop talking about it. Hopefully this doesn't spark a new trend by other companies.
 

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This is turning out to be a very savvy marketing move by GM. It shocked people (including me) when it was first announced and people won't stop talking about it. Hopefully this doesn't spark a new trend by other companies.
Yeah that was a very clever move by them. It definitely got me talking about with my friends lol
 
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