A diesel-hybrid Volvo commercial truck nicknamed “Mean Green” recently set new world speed records at Utah’s Wendover Airfield. Recording a speed of 147.002 mph in the Flying Kilometer, and 95.245 mph in the Standing Kilometer, the hybrid big rig broke records in both events.
“We are very pleased with Mean Green’s performance, especially at such a high altitude,” said Mean Green owner and driver Boije Ovebrink. “We knew Wendover would present challenges because it’s more than 4200 feet above sea level.”
The record attempts took place on April 27, and were sanctioned by the United States Auto Club, which itself is an extension of the larger motorsport governing body Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). To be officially recognized as world records, the attempts must first be approved by the FIA, which could take as long as 60 days. The hybrid truck broke the records it set in Sweden June of last year, surpassing its previous speed of 135.943 mph in the Flying Kilometer, and 94.605 mph in the Standing Kilometer.
Mean Green’s bodywork has been modified for aerodynamic performance, making the truck look nothing like the production big rig on which it's based. Still, Volvo says Mean Green is comprised mostly of off-the-shelf components from the brand’s vehicle family. The cab and frame come from a Volvo VN, as does its Volvo D16 diesel engine. That powerplant has been highly modified, and is paired with a version of Volvo’s I-Shift gearbox and a 200-hp, 885-lb-ft electric motor. Combined, Mean Green’s hybrid drivetrain produces 2100 hp and nearly 5000 lb-ft of torque.
Check out the video below to watch Mean Green’s record-setting run.