Reasons To Celebrate: Volvo Truck Sets Two Speed Records

Automobile Staff

On June 9, Boije Ovebrink set two new world speed records in -- wait for it -- a Volvo VN truck. A world speed record in a semi? We think that's pretty cool.

Ovebrink, who turned 59 the same day, set the records in standing 500 and 1000-meter standing-start events. His average speeds of 130.862 kmh and 166.698 kmh, respectively, were enough to unseat the previous record holder. That skilled driver? Ovebrink himself.

According to a press release, Ovebrink nailed close to 250 kmh when he crossed the finish line. He has been working with Volvo to race a specialty truck, but thought he had an average velocity of 170 kmh to beat. Ovebrink's test truck's powerplant is a 16-liter Volvo engine that produces over 2000 horsepower. Enough for you?

“It feels amazing,” Ovebrink said. “It’s a great way to celebrate one’s birthday,”

Source: Volvo Trucks

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