YouTuber Says His Viral Hummer EV Crash Cost Him $80,000

YouTuber says his Hummer EV accident cost him $80,000Mondi - YouTube
A YouTuber named Mondi - real name Edmond Barseghian - released a video last week documenting the purchase and subsequent crash of his new GMC Hummer EV pickup after just nine miles of ownership. The video went viral, but viewers still had questions. How much damage did he do? Was the lobster salvageable? Will the truck be rebuilt? In an interview with Road & Track, Barseghian gave us the answers.
In case you haven't seen it, the video shows the YouTuber driving down a dirt road when he hits a dip in the road that he doesn't see in time. Reacting too late, he slams the Hummer onto the ground and causes significant damage.
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"Yes, the car was totaled," Barseghian Road & Track said over the phone. "The front subframe was bent. The shock absorbers were broken."
Barseghian went on to tell us that the front skid plate was ripped off in the crash, while the A/C condenser, battery cooling cooler, a rear tie rod and part of the engine wiring harness were damaged. "The rear frame was two and a half inches higher on the right than on the left," he added.
The impact was so severe that some body parts buckled in places. Post-crash photos of the truck provided to Road & Track show folded metal and mismatched gaps.
Edmond Barsegian
"It was such a small bump, it was really nothing," Barseghian said. “But because the truck weighs so much, the frame was just completely destroyed. Also, I had the traction control turned off because I wanted to start skidding, but that takes the load off the suspension so the suspension had no travel at all.”
When the frame damage came into play, it was clear that this would not be a cheap solution.
"The damage was $78,000 with parts and labor," Barseghian said. “Getting the parts was the problem because a lot of the parts weren't available. I have not taken out insurance. I just wrote it off as a loss. I sold it to third parties for much less. I lost a ton but it is what it is."
Edmond Barsegian
When asked if all the online comments reached him, Barseghian shrugged.
"I'm not worried," he said. “I am an IMSA racer. I actually race. I also drove in rally races. I'm pretty familiar with sliding around in the dirt. It was all fun Subaru Impreza, a four-door sedan, and nothing happened. A pick-up couldn't handle that? That's pretty pathetic."
GMC declined to comment on this story.
Aside from his racing activities, Barseghian is also a businessman. According to his LinkedIn page, he is a co-founder of fast food chain Houston's Hot Chicken and told Road & Track he runs 14 companies.
We've seen stunts like this on YouTube before, with channels intentionally damaging or even demolishing their cars to get viewers. But that wasn't the plan, Barseghian said.
"I didn't do it for YouTube," he said. "Do I regret it? No. It's a life experience and a lesson. I'm ok with that. Obviously the channel got some traction so it's cool. I didn't recoup the dollar amount I lost. All views further." The youtube video made about $1000 but I lost about $80k on the car its definitely not worth it everything in life I have no regrets about anything I do.
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