Volvo Hybrid Truck sets new world speed record [video]

A Volvo hybrid truck, Mean Green, driven by Boije Ovebrink of the Swedish Viking Speed Records Team established new world speed records on April 27 at Wendover Airfield in Utah, USA. The first world record is the flying kilometer at 236.577 km/h (147.002 mph) and the second record with the standing kilometer - 153.252 km/h (95.245 mph).

The speed record attempts were sanctioned by the United States Auto Club, an extension of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motoring's international governing body. The new world records are subject to FIA recognition, which is expected to 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.

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