Volvo makes a hybrid with 5,000 lb-ft of torque and 2,100 hp, it’s true. While you won’t find those numbers pumping from any of its passenger cars, the “Mean Green” semi is a highway tracker designed for speed with mainly Volvo production components.
In March we brought you a story about the truck’s scheduled attempt at its own speed records: 135.9 mph in the flying kilometer and 94.6 mph in the standing kilometer. The attempt, which occurred on April 27, failed to meet its goal but still broke the previous record.
Mean Green reached 147 mph in the flying kilometer and 95 mph in the standing event. The two speed tests work like this: during a flying kilometer drivers are given a short distance to build speed, and during the standing version the truck accelerates from a dead stop.
“We are very pleased with Mean Green’s performance, especially at such a high altitude,” said Boije Ovebrink, Mean Green’s driver and owner. “We knew Wendover would present challenges because it’s more than 4,200 feet above sea level.”
The truck gains its power from a Volvo D16 engine paired with a modified I-Shift gear box. The hybrid system also contributes 200 hp and 885 lb-ft of the total 500 lb-ft of torque.