It must be fun working in the marketing department of Volvo Trucks these days. It seems any crazy thought conjured around a conference room table can be turned into a stunt using tightrope walkers, bull runners or hamsters. Risking the life of their own president is even within the bounds of reason. And it's working: the videos for these stunts have made Volvo Trucks a channel worth subscribing to on YouTube, with millions of people having clicked on them so far.

Their latest stunt, previewed earlier this week, involves actor and martial arts experts Jean-Claude Van Damme, well known for the butt-kicking he did on the big screen during the '80s and '90s. His signature move was the splits, which Volvo Trucks tapped into for this demonstration of how directionally stable its Volvo Dynamic Steering is.

The concept is simple: JCVD stands atop the side mirrors of two Volvo Trucks while they're moving backwards in parallel. The trucks begin to steer away from each other, thus resulting in the name of this spectacle: Epic Splits. The soundtrack is a nice touch, too. Scroll down to watch for yourself.


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Jean-Claude Van Damme and Volvo Trucks Perform World-First Stunt

[14-Nov-2013] As one of Hollywood's most famous action stars, Jean-Claude Van Damme has had to perform countless daring stunts, but in Volvo Trucks' latest film 'The Epic Split', he carries out one of his most spectacular yet.

Standing between two moving Volvo FM trucks with a foot on each side mirror, Jean-Claude Van Damme performs one of his world-famous splits as the two trucks drive in reverse. He calmly holds his position for the entire length of the drive.

The film aims to demonstrate the unique stability of Volvo Dynamic Steering.


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      StephenT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chuck Norris can do the splits between two Volvo trucks while carrying another Volvo truck on his back.
        • 1 Year Ago
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      Dark Gnat
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad there was no flagpole in the way.
      b.rn
      • 1 Year Ago
      An excellent feat for any age, much less a 53 year old man. The drivers deserve credit too. Sounds like tech that belongs in a truck, but I don't understand how it's that special. It doesn't appear to do anything that any vehicle (including the sedan sitting in my garage) with electric steering doesn't do.
      Agilis
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is an amazing stunt. Person below me said it best... To support your weight with 2 points of contact is simply amazing. I would love to see this air during prime time. And I actually loved how this was filmed. Enya in the background was perfect JCVD has amazing discipline and this just shows why he made the 80s and 90s awesome.
      theharpyeagle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doing a split on the floor, with your body weight taken of, is not exactly the manliest of awesome feats. But doing a split, with your full body weight held up by nothing but your feet, at just two points probably 6-7 feet apart - now, that\'s awesome!!! And beyond manly.
      Azazel
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just realized I am not in 10% of the shape JCVD is in. I tip my hat to him.
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      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. What a team! JCVD splitting like that at his age! I couldn't do that when I was a teenager(although I could put my leg behind my head). Also the drivers! Imagine a 1/2 foot wider or forward or backwards, JCVD will fall down and would get injured! Just imagine in his shoes! Amazing!
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wasn't expecting much but kudos to JCVD and those truck drivers. I didn't think they will be driving backwards at a pretty fast pace the whole time they're shooting the video.
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      REMUSRM
      • 1 Year Ago
      anyone noticed the left truck does not have a trailer? of course it was easier to maneuver, not impressed on this one.
        RainMotorsports
        • 1 Year Ago
        @REMUSRM
        Yes the truck was chosen for its ability to move away from the other truck. The entire point of this is not the steering away that has absolutely nothing to do with it. In reverse a driver is more likely to make a mistake correcting for bumps. If the driver does not input the wheel the truck should keep it self going in a straight direction and thats the point of the test.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @REMUSRM
        Ah the internet, full of incredibly talented and well informed knowledgeable people that aren't easily impressed....
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @REMUSRM
        Ok you have a crack at it then.
        Eduardo Maal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @REMUSRM
        I'll concede splits aren't the manliest of tricks. But this video is effing awesome.
        Mike Pulsifer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @REMUSRM
        @RemusRM maybe because Volvo makes more than one type of truck?
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why? BD
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