|America's Favorite Storm Chasers Partner with Todd Wenzel |
Todd Wenzel GMC is happy to be the official vehicle sponsor of the Dominator Team-Reed Timmer, Chris Chittick, and Joel Taylor–from the Discovery Channel's Popular Series, Storm Chasers and founders of TornadoVideos.net.
We provided the TVN team with a 2011 Yukon XL, which became the "Dominator 2" tornado-chasing and storm research vehicle.
"We felt this partnership was a natural fit.
Reed and Chris are from Grand Rapids, and
they have had great success chasing
extreme storms in a GM product. We are
excited to be a local partner and keep them
in another solid, dependable vehicle."
- Todd Wenzel
Timmer and Chittick, together with their
vehicle modification team, picked up the
Yukon XL on February 3 at Todd Wenzel
Buick GMC in Grand Rapids.
|Building the Dominator 2|
Modifications to the vehicle included a state-of-the-art armored shell to protect it, and passengers, from 100+ MPH winds and flying debris. In addition, various radars and probes have been attached to help them collect important data and insight into the destructive twisters they eagerly drive into.
Watch the videos below to see the transformation of the Yukon XL into the ultimate storm chasing machine!
|About the 2011 Yukon XL|
The TVN team picked out a half-ton, four wheel drive Yukon XL SLE in what other color–Storm Gray Metallic. It has a Vortec 5.3L V8 SFI FlexFuel with Active Fuel Management, capable of running on unleaded or up to 85% ethanol. And, at just over 222" long, the Yukon XL offers ample room for the team's numerous computers and research equipment.
We will welcome the team and the Dominator 2 back to our dealership in 2012! Check back for details! In the meantime you can view more Storm Chasers photos at our Todd Wenzel Automotive Facebook Page