Volvo is taking its Mean Green hybrid truck on U.S. tour for a few months. One of the stops between Toronto Tuck World and the Volvo Ocean Race in Miami was Wendover, Utah, to attempt a couple of record-breaking speed runs.

Mean Green uses a tuned version of Volvo's DI6 engine, an inline 6-cylinder that puts out 1,900-horsepower, tied to an electric motor that adds 200 hp and 885 pound-feet. With that package, the Swedish Viking Speed Records Team and pilot Boije Overbrink were aiming for 165 miles per hour in the flying kilometer. They didn't quite make that lofty goal, but they did well enough to break not one, but two world records. Scroll down for the story of the day.



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      TheBengine
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not a 16 cylinder engine, it's a D16 which is an inline 6-cyl that's 16L. Source: I used to work for VTNA.
      Maxximtl
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like how a smoke spewing, 1900hp diesel becomes "green" with the addition of an electric motor.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maxximtl
        And the electric motor only makes about 9.5% of the total output, basically doing very little for performance and squat for efficiency (esp at WOT). The only thing green is the paint.
          Nick M
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          10% of total HP, yeah, but way more than that in torque...which is what helps it accelerate.
        POV
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maxximtl
        Yeah I had a problem with that as well. But I suppose it's a start. I wish the people in the clip would talk more about the discrepancies in the power units while making it sound like it was about being "green."
      ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
      • 2 Years Ago
      They could use the research they put into aerodynamics for this thing to markedly increase efficiency on working semis.
      Horch Xinyu
      • 2 Years Ago
      doesn't make much sense to do a high speed record while aiming at MPG.
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      jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Mean Green is only an attention grabber and conversation starter. In Europe, many of the new double decker buses and trash trucks (both vehicles have the most brutal duty cycle of any diesel…full power then full brake, repeat) have this hybrid system on board and it has proven to be an amazing contribution. Not just in the fuel savings, which has already sorted out to an average of 37%, but in mechanical wear as well. Maintenance on brakes turns out to be the big savings with these hybrid fleets. The electric motor regenerates under braking, saving the huge expense and time loss of servicing drums and shoes. Besides, think of how quite that garbage truck would be in the alley behind your house at 7:30am! Also, they can now run a city bus with a very small 5.9L diesel engine with the exact electric motor setup in this race truck. Part of what makes this truck cool is that it has a bit of that "because racecar" feel to it but many people seem to be missing the point.
      AJ Harnak
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy crap, 1900 horsepower from an inline six?!?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      so, how can i get this engine into a car ....
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