Would you want to be tethered to the back of a semi that's climbing a mountain? It would make a great scene in an action movie.

Volvo Trucks knows that most people don’t care about semis, but if you present the technical info in an entertaining way, then you can grab a lot of attention. For the company’s latest stunt called “The Flying Passenger,” an FH rig with its 540-horsepower D13 engine and I-Shift Dual Clutch gearbox tows a paraglider up the Dinaric Alps in Croatia, including the difficult task of hitting the perfect speed to get through a tunnel.

The stunt is supposed to show how the drivetrain can maintain a high cruising speed while climbing the mountain, but it’s hard to take your eyes off paraglider Guillaume Galvani. It generally looks like quite a fun ride, but at times, his parachute brings him so close to the road that his shoes skid across the pavement. There’s no room for mistakes once the semi arrives at the tunnel, though. You definitely don't want to try this at home.

Volvo Trucks’ various stunts have earned the commercial vehicle company over 100 million view on YouTube. Among the biggest hits of the bunch was ‘The Epic Split' where Jean-Claude Van Damme balanced between two moving semis. The clip “Look Who's Driving” showed off one of the firm’s dump trucks by handing a remote control to a four year old and letting her loose on an obstacle course. The business has even staged a race with a Koenigsegg One:1 as a way to show off the capabilities of the dual-clutch gearbox. Volvo Trucks even touted how easy its FMX was to control by letting a hamster pilot one out of a rock quarry. Given these video’s massive success, expect more wild stunts from the company’s big trucks in the future.

Source: Volvo

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