New World Speed Records
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 and Standing Kilometre 153.252 km/h.
"We are very pleased with Mean Green's performance, especially at such a high altitude," said Boije Ovebrink, Mean Green driver and owner. "We knew Wendover would present challenges because it's more than 1,280 m above sea level."
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.
Mean Green eclipsed its previous records 218.780 km/h in the flying kilometre and 152.253 km/h in the standing kilometre - established in June 2011 at Hultsfred Airport in Sweden.
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 I-Shift gearbox, which interacts with the hybrid's electric motor. The combination of an electric motor and Volvo D16 diesel engine delivers 2,100 hp and nearly 5,000 lb-ft torque - of which, 200 hp and 885 lb-ft of torque come from the electric motor.
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