• Sep 5, 2011
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?

Believe it or not, the latest drag race competition pitted a Volvo big-rig against a Ferrari 360 Spider. Of course it wasn't just any old run-of-the-mill tractor, but the Mean Green hybrid racing truck. The beast packs a 16-liter twin-turbo engine that cranks out 1,900 horsepower and is further boosted by a 200hp electric motor.

An even match? You'll have to follow the jump to watch the photo finish for yourself, but the result was closer than you might think.



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VOLVO HYBRID TRUCK CHALLENGES A FERRARI!

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 sports car driven by Henrik Appelholm.

The Ferrari, as you might expect, took the lead from the start, but 'Mean Green' quickly caught up and eventually won by a hair's breadth.

"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.

Watch a film of the event on YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cVtzt_bbhM


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      Irene Rojas
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's the Stig's eco-friendly, lorry-driving cousin!
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Youtube is full of 9-10 sec diesel pickups that would smoke most supercars. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=UJ3yzOq6EcE
      krisztiant
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boije Ovebrink trucker legend says after the race: "I nearly beat him in the end... I don't know. Some say I was the first one.. maybe the Ferrari was..." Does anybody know for sure, who was actually the first? (In my humble guess, he was)
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can watch mismatch drag races like this all day long!
      EJIZZLE
      • 3 Years Ago
      First, that was pretty cool. Second, that was pretty cool, and finally wish they would have done a burnout. But still really cool.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is awesome! Loved how both drivers where friendly about the entire thing. Also curious if this is a research kinda truck. You know develop technology for say drag/top speed and have it trickle down to the normal trucks. A electric motor for starts would help with getting those trucks moving.
      paulr
      • 3 Years Ago
      My face when he caught up to the Ferrari in the end: O_O
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chalk one up for the Euro Rednecks!
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Duuuude! First i was thinking " What the hell! Old Ferrari vs. racing truck - that Ferrari has no chance. Yet another show off - see the truck is faster than Ferrari" then when the Ferrari started to pull ahead thru 2nd and 3rd I was "No way! I was wrong! The Ferrari is going to destroy him!", and then when the truck started to catching up I was "OMG is he gonna make it?!", and then when the truck won I was "Geez! I need a smoke!" and I'm not even smoking! Amazing vid! Better than soap opera.
        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        Apparently no sense of humor here. But response amused me a lot. Sad for you though.
        Lloydchiro
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        Very cathartic story, bro.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        Is that how you tell stories in person as well? 0_o
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Yeah! When I'm joking around with friends. You should see my face while I'm doing it.
        _M7_
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        ohhh ferrari ferrari ...and U dont have one so SK IT
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