Volvo Trucks spectacular upcoming Live Test featuring a truck and a paraglider
23 November 2016
The Flying Passenger
In Volvo Trucks’ new Live Test, a paraglider and a Volvo FH are about to go on a breath taking journey. The truck needs to keep the paraglider in the air whilst giving it a lift uphill, on winding mountain roads. To succeed, the truck must maintain its speed. ‘The Flying Passenger’ will premiere on November 29th on Volvo Trucks’ digital platforms.
Volvo Trucks’ unique powertrain with I-Shift Dual Clutch promises excellent driveability whilst maintaining low fuel consumption. In Volvo Trucks’ upcoming challenge, the performance of the powertrain is put to the test by connecting a paraglider to a Volvo FH. The test is the world’s first stunt of this kind involving a truck and a paraglider.
“Any truck driver knows how difficult it is to maintain cruising speed in hilly terrain. In order to do that, you need an engine and gearbox enabling extraordinary driveability. ‘The Flying Passenger’ is a test that demonstrates the outstanding performance and efficiency of our enhanced powertrain,” says Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks.
The Volvo FH used in this Live Test is equipped with Volvo’s unique powertrain, consisting of the enhanced D13 Euro 6 engine and I-Shift Dual Clutch gearbox. The dual clutch technology provides power shift gear changes that ensure the truck does not lose any momentum while changing gears under tough conditions.
“Driving in high gears and securing seamless gear shifting is an important factor for fuel efficiency. The I-Shift Dual Clutch enables smooth driving while staying in high gears and low revs,” says Staffan Wendeberg, Product Manager FH and Long haul.
The upcoming challenge is the latest instalment in the Volvo Trucks’ Live Test series, where features and capabilities of the truck are put through extraordinary tests. Previous global successes include ‘The Epic Split’, ‘Look Who’s Driving’ and ‘The Hamster Stunt’.
The film will premiere on November 29 on Volvo Trucks’ digital platforms.
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