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Volvo’s “Mean Green” is one tough looking truck. Although it is not ready to haul any trailers down the road, the hybrid is going to make an attempt to break its own record by hitting a top speed in excess of 165 mph (260 km/h).
“Mean Green” puts out a whopping 2,100 hp and makes just under 5,000 lb. ft. of torque, firmly installing it in the insane category when it comes to trucks. The hybrid truck uses a highly tweaked version of Volvo’s D16 engine and a modified version of Volvo’s automated I-Shift gearbox.
The hybrid system adds all the acceleration to the diesel engine to make this a speed machine. “The result is a lightning-speed boost from start-off without any of the customary diesel-engine delay,” said Boije Ovebrink, ‘Mean Green’s owner and driver. “It’s like a champagne cork, but without the sound effects. For the first couple of seconds the truck just makes a slight whistle until the diesel engine, which runs on renewable liquid rosin diesel, starts delivering with an explosive force.”
‘Mean Green’ makes its attempt on April 27th at Wendover Airfield in Utah, USA. You can watch a video of the truck racing a Ferrari after the jump.