• 03-MAY-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Trucks

New World Speed Records for Volvo Hybrid Truck - New Video Available

The Volvo hybrid truck, Mean Green, established new world speed records on April 27 at Wendover Airfield in Utah, USA. Mean Green achieved the following world record speeds: Flying Kilometre -236.577 km/h (147.002 mph) and Standing Kilometre - 153.252 km/h (95.245 mph). The speed record attempts were sanctioned by the United States Auto Club, an extension of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motoring's international governing body. The new world records are subject to FIA recognition, which will occur in about 30 to 60 days. Though Mean Green's modified aerodynamic body design bears little resemblance to a freight-hauling tractor, the truck is comprised almost entirely of production components from the Volvo vehicle family, including a Volvo VN cab and frame. Mean Green features a highly tuned Volvo D16 engine and a modified version of Volvo's automated IShift gearbox, which interacts with the hybrid's electric motor. The combination of an electric motor and Volvo D16 diesel engine delivers 2,100 horsepower and nearly 6,780 Nm (5,000 lb-ft.) torque - of which, 200 horsepower and 1,200 Nm (885 lb-ft.) of torque come from the electric motor. Available content includes an edited package as well as stills of Mean Green and the world record.