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Hardcore Hummer


German tuning house GeigerCars has slapped some huge rubber tracks on a Hummer H2 and is marketing it as the ultimate emergency services off-roader.  To prove the point the Bomber, as it is called, did a few laps of Germany's famous Nordschleife of the Nurburgring in the middle of winter when the circuit was covered in snow and impassable.

The car was driven by Wolfgang Blaube, the editor of German car magazine Autobild, who described the experience as a ‘new dimension of fun’.  In standard trim the Hummer H2 is already a proven off-road workhorse.

On its massive rubber tracks it turns into the type of terrain crusher Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson would drool over.  Instead of the regular 20-inch wheels, the specialists from Munich have equipped their project SUV with Mattracks 88M1-A1 rubber tracks on each wheel.

The tracks are 40cm wide and 150cm long and designed to guarantee unrivalled traction on virtually any type of terrain.  Geiger also swapped the original's 5.3-litre V8 for a more powerful tweaked 296kW 6.2-litre V8.

The Bomber's interior is finished in a matte silver with extra headlights on the roof and army-style graphics.  The utilitarian workhorse also adds a little bit of luxury with a sunroof, navigation system with a Kenwood DVD drive and rear-view camera including a monitor in the rear-view mirror.

The Geigercars team can also convert the car to LPG with a 155 litre fuel tank.  Apart from Hummers, Geiger's other business is extracting more power out of Cadillacs, Corvettes, Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros.

Hummer was set for a sale to China but the deal collapsed last month.  GM says Hummer is moving into a wind-down, joining its other brand casualties Saturn and Oldsmobile.

Meanwhile, New York artist Jeremy Dean has turned a H2 into performance art.  He cut a brand-new Hummer in half, dumping the fuel-guzzling engine and turning it into a horse-drawn stagecoach - all in the name of creativity.

Dean, know for pushing art establishment boundaries, unveiled the Hummer stagecoach in New York's Central Park.  The conversion was done as part of his Back to the Futurama series.