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May 7, 2012

Mean Green Volvo Sets World Record – 147 mph

At Wendover Airport near the Bonneville Salt Flats, Swede Boije Ovebrink powered his hybrid Volvo VN race truck Mean Green to a new world record for the standing start km and established a record for the flying km for hybrid diesel trucks.

Running Friday, April 27, in modified diesel, class C (trucks over 1,000 kg), Mean Green ran 147.002 mph in the flying km, and 95.245 mph in the standing 1 km, establishing two new world records. Additionally, it ran a 22-mph flying km under electric-only power, using the 200-hp motor that is part of the truck's parallel hybrid system to prove it really is a hybrid. These world records were officially timed to seven decimal places by world-class timing crew ChronoLogic under the watchful eye of David Petrali of the United States Auto Club, the sanctioning body for the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile), the governing body for all autosport world records.