World-record breaking truck driver Boije Ovebrink was formally presented with a diploma from the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) last week to officially acknowledge his hybrid truck speed records.
The new world speed records were set at the Wendover Airfield in Utah, U.S. on April 27, 2012. Driving “Mean Green,” his Volvo hybrid truck, Ovebrink broke both his previous world records for achieving the fastest speed in a hybrid truck.
The new speed records are: Flying Kilometre -236.577 kph (147.002 mph) and Standing Kilometre – 153.252 kph (95.245 mph).
Mean Green eclipsed its previous records – 218.780 kph (135.943 mph) in the flying kilometer and 152.253 kph (94.605 mph) in the standing kilometer – established in June 2011 at the Hultsfred Airport in Sweden.
Though Mean Green’s modified aerodynamic body design bears little resemblance to a freight-hauling tractor, the speed machine is comprised almost entirely of production components from Volvo family vehicles, including a North American Volvo VN cab and frame. Mean Green features a highly tuned Volvo D16 engine and a modified version of Volvo’s automated I-Shift 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 5,000 pound-feet torque – of which, 200 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque come from the electric motor.
Kenneth Thoren, vice president of Svenska Bilsportförbundet (Swedish motor sports association), personally handed over the diploma in a brief ceremony held at Volvo Trucks’ global headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks EMEA, was also in attendance to formally congratulate Overbrink on his achievement.
The diploma from the FIA, the international governing body for world motor sport, means that the speeds achieved in Utah last April are now officially approved and recognized as world records.
“Often the process for authorizing a world record takes 3-4 months, but this time it only took six weeks,” claimed Boije Ovebrink at the ceremony. “So you could say everything has been done at world record speed – even the admin!”