Volvo Builds 2000 hp Hybrid Racer

Boije Overbrink is a Swedish truck driver with a need for speed, and ol’ Overbrink aims to meet that need with his big green buddy, Mean Green. Mean Green is Volvo’s latest attempt at building a record-breaker.

Overbrink plans to enter Mean Green in a number of 500m and 1000m drag-race-style events, aiming to break the record he set just last year (115 km/h speed in a 500m sprint). To help him along, Mean Green makes use of Volvo’s D16 i-Shift transmission mated to a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain that delivers more than 2100 hp and nearly 5000 lb-ft of torque (!).

The Volvo high-tech, high-output diesel hybrid powertrain in Mean Green may sound pretty exotic, but it’s far from unproven: the same hardware (in a de-tuned state) has logged thousands of miles underneath London’s new, “next gen” double-decker hybrid trucks.

You can check out Overbrink’s wild ride in greater detail in the photo gallery, below. Enjoy!

Source: Volvo, via Motorpasionfuturo.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.