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Volvo Trucks spectacular Live Test

‘ The Flying Passenger ’ is the world’s first stunt featuring a truck and a paraglider

In Volvo Trucks’ new Live Test, a paraglider and a Volvo FH are about to go on a breathtaking 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 29thon Volvo Trucks’ digital platforms.Flying Passenger

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 cruisingspeed in hilly terrain. In order to do that, you need an engine and gearbox enabling extraordinary driveability. ‘The Flying Passenger’ is atest that demonstrates the outstandingperformance 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 Longhaul.

The upcoming challenge is the latest installment 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 29on Volvo Trucks’ digital platforms.

*I-Shift Dual Clutch and the enhanced D13 Euro 6 engine are currently not available in the Southern Africa market.

Tristan Wiggill
Special Features Editor at Business Fleet Africa