WORLD SPEED RECORDS SHATTERED ON GOODYEAR TRUCK TYRES
Mean Green, the world’s fastest hybrid truck, has broken two world speed records on Goodyear tyres.
The Volvo-built truck smashed through its own international record for the standing kilometre – at 153.252 km/h – as well as the record for the flying kilometre – at 236.577 km/h – at Wendover Airfield in Utah, USA, recently. The truck is driven by its owner, Boije Ovebrink.
The green monster pumps out a massive 2 100 horsepower and a massive torque of 6 770 Newton meters, allowing this special race truck to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in four seconds – impressive for a car, let alone a truck weighing six tonnes. Tyres capable of withstanding the enormous stresses are essential, and Goodyear has worked closely with Volvo on the project. The hand-built drive axle tyres are based on the 495/45R22.5 Marathon Long Haul Drive truck carcasses, while truck racing tyres fit the front axle. Both are capable of withstanding the enormous torque and speeds that Mean Green develops.
Aerodynamics also plays a vital role in achieving top speed, so Volvo designers selected a North American VN cab and sculpted the optimal aerodynamic shape for the truck.