Volvo has announced plans to set a new world speed record with their Mean Green hybrid racing truck.

Volvo has announced plans to set a new world speed record with their Mean Green hybrid racing truck.

With Boije Ovebrink behind the wheel, the truck will attempt to reach speeds in excess of 260 km/h (165 mph) at the Wendover Airfield in the United States.

In order to achieve this impressive feat, the truck has been equipped with a "highly-tuned" D16 engine, an upgraded I-Shift transmission and an electric motor that develops 200 hp (149 kW / 203 PS) and 885 lb-ft (1200 Nm) of torque. All told, Mean Green has a combined maximum output of 2100 hp (1566 kW / 2129 PS) and approximately 5000 lb-ft (6779 Nm) of torque.

In a statement, Volvo Trucks' Ron Huibers said "Mean Green is a prime example of Volvo's technical capabilities and our continued focus on emerging technologies. Our engineers developed the world's fastest hybrid truck utilizing the same Volvo hybrid drive system powering hundreds of Volvo buses throughout the world - including London's double-decker buses."

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