Just how many tons can a Volvo truck pull?
The Swedish automaker is putting the Volvo FH16 to the test and has enlisted the help of the winner of The World’s Strongest Man title, Magnus Samuelsson. Along with experienced trucking journalist Brian Weatherley, Samuelsson will see if the FH16’s updated gearbox lives up to its standard of pulling up to 325 tons. According to Volvo, the FH16’s updated gearbox now features I-Shift with crawler gears.
The challenge took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, with the Volvo truck trying to pull a 300-meter long road train. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until next week to find out how it all went, but we’re going to guess the results were positive. For now, Volvo has left us with a teaser video for its extreme haulage challenge.
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“Attempting to move off from standstill with such a heavy load, like we’re doing here, is an immensely tough challenge for a regular series-produced truck with automated transmission,” said Weatherley. “In my 30 years as a trucking journalist, I’ve never witnessed anything like it.”
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