[Nov 20]Vasteras Airfield, Sweden--Boije Ovebrink, a former truck
racing driver, set a new world record for the fastest ‘Standing
kilometre for heavy trucks’ in his red Volvo NH.
The average speed from a standing start over a
distance of one kilometre was 158.8 kph (98.67 mph), with a top
speed of 240 kph (149.13 mph).Boije beat his old record of 155.744
kph (96.77 mph) set in 2001. (enlarge
Boije Ovebrink says: "We had very limited resources
and a number of technical difficulties to resolve. However, the
team behind the truck demonstrated an enormous will to succeed,
overcoming all the problems and taking on all the challenges on
the way to the new world record.”
Under the watchful eye of Swedish Motor Sport
Council officials, the world record was broken at Västerås Airfield
in Sweden. The average speed from a standing start over a distance
of one kilometre was 158.8 kph (98.67 mph), with a top speed of
240 kph (149.13 mph).
With an output of 1,600 bhp, an impressive
5,000 Nm of torque and largely built using genuine Volvo parts,
the truck really is in a class of its own. (enlarge
"Tuning a truck to such a level of performance
and largely with original parts is a technically interesting challenge
in itself,” says Boije Ovebrink. “To then use the truck without
any major reconstruction or repairs after such a race really is
a true indication of Volvo's quality."
The world record-breaking truck - and the
new world record holder - will now embark on a tour, taking in the
number secondary schools around the Nordic region, with the aim
of persuading young people to apply for the vehicle engineering
programme or equivalent at high school.