Volvo Hybrid Truck Breaks Two World Speed Records
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Volvo Hybrid Truck Breaks Two World Speed Records



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/>Swedish company Volvo has built a one-off diesel, hybrid truck that has recently set two world speed records at the Wendover Airfield in Utah, America.

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/>Nicknamed ‘Mean Green’, the vehicle broke the records for the standing kilometer and the flying kilometer.

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/>Mean Green hit a top velocity (speed) of 147 mph in the flying kilometer (where drivers get to drive a small distance to gain speed before beginning the run); and 95 mph in the standing kilometer (which is done from a stop).

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/>To achieve those speeds, the truck was modified to have a more aerodynamic and lighter body—but composed of Volvo components.

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/>The vehicle also contains a Volvo D16 engine, a modified Volvo I-Shift gearbox, and an electric motor that provides the truck 200 hp and 885 lb-ft.

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/>The speed records were certified by the United States Auto Club, a division of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile.

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/>“We are very pleased with Mean Green’s performance especially at such a high altitude,” Boije Ovebrink, owner and driver of Mean Green told Autoweek. “We knew Wendover would present challenges because it’s more than 4,200 feet above sea level.”

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/>Last year, the truck hit records of 135.9 mph in the flying kilometer and 94.6 mph in the standing kilometer at Sweden’s Hultsfred Airport.

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/>[via Digital Trends]
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