Smooth operator: Volvo’s latest live test with paraglider24 November 2016

Volvo’s powertrain is put through its paces in a new live test – dubbed ‘The Flying Passenger’ – in which a Volvo FH truck gives a lift to a paraglider.

The truck needs to keep the paraglider in the air, on winding mountain roads, so to succeed the truck must maintain speed.

“Any truck driver knows how difficult it is to maintain cruising speed in hilly terrain. In order to do that, you need an engine and gearbox that enable extraordinary driveability,” explains Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks.

The Volvo FH used in the test is equipped with an enhanced D13 Euro 6 engine and I-Shift automated dual clutch gearbox. The dual clutch technology provides power shift gear changes, ensuring no loss of momentum when changing gears under tough conditions.

‘The Flying Passenger’ will premiere on 29 November on Volvo Trucks’ digital platforms.

Laura Cork

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