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Hybrid in world speed record attempt


A Volvo hybrid truck is to attempt to break the 165mph world speed record for hybrids next month.

The truck, named Mean Green, will make the attempt at Wendover Airfield in Utah on 27th April.

It currently holds speed records in the standing 500 metre, standing kilometre and flying kilometre.

It has 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. In total it produces 2,100 hp.

“The result is a lightning-speed boost from start-off without any of the customary diesel-engine delay,” said Boije Ovebrink, ‘Mean Green’s owner and driver. “It’s like a champagne cork, but without the sound effects.

23368 Mean Green and driver, Boije Ovebrink