For anyone who has ever wondered how fast a truck can go, we have our answer – 147.002 mph. That’s how fast Mean Green, Volvo Trucks' hybrid racing truck, went in a world record run April 27 at Wendover Airfield in Utah.
Built off a Volvo VN cab with nearly all Volvo components, the truck is piloted and owned by Boije Ovebrink.
“We are very pleased with Mean Green’s performance, especially at such a high altitude,” said Ovebrink. “We knew Wendover would present challenges because it’s more than 4,200 ft. above sea level. To compensate for the thinner air and help prevent overheating, we reduced the truck’s power by nearly 20 percent. Even with the reduction in total output potential, Mean Green had ample power to surpass the previous records.”
The 147-mph mark was reached in the flying kilometer. The truck also set a world record in the standing kilometer, covering two-thirds of a mile at 95.245 mph.
The runs were sanctioned by the United States Auto Club and are subject to Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) verification before becoming official. That could take 30 to 60 days, Volvo said.
Mean Green features a Volvo D16 engine and a modified Volvo I-Shift automated mechanical transmission, which operates in conjunction with the hybrid motor to produce 2,100 hp. and nearly 5,000 lbs.-ft. of torque. The electric motor itself supplies 200 hp. and 885 lbs.-ft. of torque.
“Mean Green’s incredible performance underscores the strong potential of hybrid drivelines when applied to the right operation,” said Ron Huibers, Volvo Trucks president, North American Sales & Marketing. “Neither hybrid or any other alternative fuel technology, like natural gas, is a one-size-fits-all solution, but the technology is available for appropriate applications. While diesel remains the most efficient transportation fuel currently available, we know the future of petroleum is limited. The Volvo Group continues to test and evaluate the merits of a number of alternatives.”
Congratulations to Ovebrink and the entire Mean Green racing team on their accomplishments.