Volvo Hybrid Truck Takes On a Ferrari 360 Spider in Drag Race [Video]

Boije Ovebrink and his Mean Green challenged a Ferrari at Mantorp Park August 27th – a thrilling race. Did Mean Green beat the Ferrari? Watch and you’ll see.

The Swedish racing legend, Boije Ovebrink, is not afraid to challenge other powerful vehicles with his hybrid truck, ‘Mean Green’. For example, at the Trucking Festival in Mantorp, Sweden on 27th August ‘Mean Green’ took part in an exciting race against a Ferrari sports car.

It was a fierce contest with ‘Mean Green’, a converted Volvo VN featuring the very latest hybrid technology from Volvo Trucks, challenging the Ferrari 360 Spider driven by Henrik Appelholm. ‘Mean Green’ is a unique hybrid truck built by an enthusiastic team at Volvo Trucks.

"It seems these days everyone wants a piece of Ferrari, with countless sports car-makers gunning for Maranello's territory. But Volvo? Volvo Trucks, no less?" writes AutoBlog's Noah Joseph.

From the drag race video, the Volvo ‘Mean Green’ hybrid truck starts out slow, but it soon catches up to the Ferrari 360 Spider really fast to result in a photo finish (you’ll decide) at the line.

And if both cars were to cover more distance, the Volvo ‘Mean Green’ hybrid truck would leave the Ferrari 360 Spider in the dust.

“It was very close and I’m happy because now I know that the Volvo hybrid is as fast as a Ferrari,” says a very happy Boije Ovebrink.

The Volvo ‘Mean Green’ hybrid truck packs a monstrous beast under the hood. It is powered by a 16-liter twin-turbo engine that unleashes out 1,900 horsepower along with another 200 horsepower from electric motor.

The total power output when the gas pedal hits metal on full throttle is 2,100 horsepower.

"It was very close and I'm happy because now I know that the Volvo hybrid is as fast as a Ferrari," says a very happy Boije Ovebrink.

Volvo enthusiastic team plans to use it next spring to beat the world speed record for the standing kilometer, with Boije Ovebrink behind the wheel.

“The experts in Volvo’s hybrid technology are the driving force behind the project. They are true enthusiasts, every last one of them. I’d go so far as to say ‘Mean Green’ is the world’s fastest hybrid truck,” said Ovebrink. [via AutoBlog]

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