May 7, 2012
The racing driver Boije Overbrink managed to register two world records for speed onboard Volvo Mean Green hybrid truck. Volvo Mean Green develops 2100 hp and 6780 Nm.
Volvo Mean Green, the Swedish manufacturer hybrid truck, made two attempts at a world speed record, both completed successfully. Boije Ovebrink and Mean Green went on the Wendover Airfield track in Utah to perform in two separate tests of acceleration.
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Volvo Mean Green – the World Speed Record
The first test, called “flying kilometer” relate to the maximum speed reached during a kilometer (0.62 miles) with a launched start, from a fixed point. In this test, the Volvo hybrid truck reached 236.577 km/h (147.022 mph).
The second test is called “standing kilometer”, aimed at the maximum speed reached on a kilometer from a still starting point, where Volvo truck reached 153.252 km/h (95.226 mph).
Both world speed record attempts were monitored by the United States Auto Club (USAC), an extension of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The new world records must be validated and recognized by FIA, requiring between 30 and 60 days. Until then, Volvo can boast with two unofficial acceleration records, both made with a hybrid diesel-electric truck.
The real element of Swedish pride comes from the technical platform of the truck, made with series components from the Volvo family vehicles, including the cabin of a Volvo VN and its chassis. The aerodynamic bodywork of this truck is one of the few elements built specifically for Volvo Mean Green.s
Volvo Mean Green is powered by an D16 engine and an Ishift transmission, both seriously modified. The transmission is connected by an 200 hp (149 kW/203 PS) electric motor and 1,200 Nm (885 lb/ft). Together, the two engines forming a hybrid propulsion system, Volvo Mean Green developing 2,100 horsepower (1566 kW/2129 PS) and 6,780 Nm (5000 lb/ft).
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