• Jun 24, 2010
The Bugatti Veyron, a passenger car, will exceed 250 miles-per-hour whenever you feel like it. A decent number of other cars will break 200 without concern. In the picture above, however, is a warp speed mountain of metal that Boije Overbrink used to break the semi-truck land speed record, doing so at all of 155 mph.

And in fact, the Volvo semi with the 2,000 horsepower and 3,687 lb-ft didn't even go 155 mph – it only got up to 103.84 mph at the end of a kilometer. But instead of running a truck at a course long enough to truly test top speed, its speed is averaged over the length of the course. Voila, FIA certification at 155 mph and the fastest Good Buddy in all the land. Congratulations Mr. Overbrink.

[Source: Motobullet]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      plese clarify how this got the record?? if it only reached 103.. it didnt do 155, so how can it hold a record for 155??? confused, and would like to see a vid
        • 4 Years Ago
        155 mph was recorded as "Top Speed record"
        103 is the official avg land speed record.

        Since it was an official run,...both are new records.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem is that AB's story is written oddly. Read the linked source and it makes more sense.

        I read AB's description the same way, "And in fact, the Volvo semi with the 2,000 horsepower and 3,687 lb-ft didn't even go 155 mph".

        Clearly reading that, any normal person would assume that the truck didn't go 155mph, it says exactly that. But, in reality, the truck did reach 155mph as a top speed, but the average speed over 500m was 81.32mph and the average over a full kilometer was 103.58mph.

        Blame AB for the confusion..
      • 4 Years Ago
      All LSRs are the average speed over a kilometer but most allow you to enter the timed kilometer at speed which is how you end up with a 760+ mph record by the Thrust SSC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Land speed record my ass. This thing has done at least 228 MPH at Bonneville: http://www.phyrefile.com/image/view/uyj7Zquohd90UVg6

      "The Joint Venture team races this '97 Freightliner in Unlimited Diesel Truck, using a 16V-92 two-stroke diesel engine from a tugboat. It's a V-16 with 1,472 ci with two superchargers and four 90mm turbos plus marine intercoolers and water injection to produce 3,500-4,000 hp at 3,500 rpm. The truck weighs 20,000 pounds and holds Bonneville Salt Flat's 228-mph modified diesel truck record."

      http://www.dieselforecast.com/ArticleDetails.php?articleID=307
      http://www.1-87vehicles.org/Conventions/joint_venture.php
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where's the video?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The way it's written makes no sense at all.

      The truck managed to reach a top speed of 155mph by the end of the 1km course. However, the FIA records are awarded for average speed which in this case was "only" 103.84 mph.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want that truck in my garage...and when people get in my way...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It didn't go that fast? Then it didn't get the record. Want the record? Find a longer track.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm having a hard time understanding the maths here.

      It averaged 155mph over the length of the course? Clearly no.

      Can this truck go 155mph? I don't think it can.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Patrick, 22 tons at 122 mph?

        OK, maybe I'm wrong. I'm glad you didn't kill anybody (assuming you didn't).
        • 4 Years Ago
        For a vehicle this huge to go that fast is just plain insane.

        2000 horsepower or not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        dude..2000hp...
        • 4 Years Ago
        you don't think you can? Haha I got arrested one time doing 122mph in my rig with only a 585hp cummins pulling a trailer loaded with 44000lbs of meat in it. I think this truck would do it
        • 4 Years Ago
        Title should read: "Volvo sets semi-truck land speed record" so you don't have to read the first paragraph to understand the story.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A DAF truck prepared for Dakar Rally by De Rooy had a top speed about 220 km/h (137 mph) and could do just a little less than that on sand or gravel.

      This is the video when De Rooy overtakes Ari Vatanen's Peugeot - racing for position in 1988 Dakar.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWhAU5Qn6dQ&feature=related

      That put's Volvo's record into a perspective....
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