THEY REALLY DID IT: Volvo Trucks again did a live test to showcase their trucks to the world. Image: Supplied / The News Market
Cape Town - ‘The Flying Passenger’ marks another first for Volvo Trucks.
In the latest Live Test, a Volvo freight hauler (FH) tows a paraglider up a mountain pass in Croatia in a precision stunt never tried before, says the automaker.
The truck driver has to maintain a high cruising speed to keep the paraglider in the air. The test highlights the performance of Volvo Trucks’ powertrain, fitted with I-Shift Dual Clutch.
No room for error
During the ride, the Volvo FH tows the paraglider up a steep mountain road and under the narrow opening of an overhanging bridge. The tight space calls for high precision driving at a constant cruising speed without any room for error.
Staffan Wendeberg, product manager FH and Long Haul at Volvo Trucks, says: “Driving on high gears and securing seamless gear shifting is an important factor for fuel efficiency. The I-Shift Dual Clutch enables smooth driving whilst staying in high gears and low revs."
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In addition the gearbox has an important impact on productivity, says Volvo. I-Shift Dual Clutch provides power shift gear changes that ensure the engine does not lose any torque when changing gears under tough conditions.
Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks, says: “Meeting deadlines and keeping fuel consumption low, even when driving uphill and on winding roads, are key elements to success for many of our customers. This test is the perfect way to challenge our recently updated powertrain. ‘The Flying Passenger’ illustrates in a very concrete and visual way what Volvo Trucks’ performance and driveability is all about."
‘The Flying Passenger’ is the latest instalment in Volvo Trucks’ Live Test series. Previous global successes include ‘The Epic Split’, ‘The Hamster Stunt’ and ‘Look Who’s Driving’. All in all, the Live Test series has been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube.
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The challenge was shot in the Dinaric Alps in Croatia on closed-off roads and under strict safety supervision.