Volvo Trucks have been doing
exceptionally different and out of the box things to tell the world how awesome
their products are. The Epic Split and The Hamster Stunt are a few stunts that
Volvo Group has pulled off pretty well. Now it is the turn of an unpredictable
child and a radio-controlled 18 ton truck. In Volvo Trucks' latest film
"Look who's driving" four-year-old Sophie exposes the Volvo FMX to
the toughest challenge yet in the Live Test series. The truck is a Volvo FMX
8x6 All Wheel Drive with an engine horsepower of 540. It has a Day Cab, Dumper
Body, I-Shift, Chassis Extra High.
Volvo Trucks' newest Live
Test, "Look who's driving", sees four-year-old Sophie drive an 18 ton
Volvo FMX through a construction area using a remote control. The truck has
been given several new functions over the year, and the objective of the test
is to show how much it can tolerate and how easily it copes in the most
"To show what the truck
can do, we want to give it a real challenge. What test driver is more reckless
than an unpredictable four-year-old?" asks Richard Fritz, Vice President
of Volvo Trucks.
Sophie steers the truck on the
construction area in the film, and the truck takes unpredicted ways: Among
others, the truck ends up climbing a steep, soft slope, before rolling all the
way down in a full 360-degree roll.
"The test demonstrates
beyond question the ability of the truck to cope with the most extreme
environments. To help it do so, it has functions such as the new, Automatic
Traction Control, keeping it going even on severely sloping and soft surfaces.
They also demonstrate its total strength with an unbeatable cabin design with
sturdy front corners and a reinforced sub-frame" says Gunnar Eliasson,
Launch Manager at Volvo Trucks.
One can also see how the truck
copes in the test "Look who's driving" on Volvo Trucks' YouTube
The following functions were
tested in the film:
– Automatic Traction Control –
automatic all-wheel drive, activated when needed. The result is better
traction, less wear and tear and lower fuel consumption.
– Sturdy Front Corner –
bumpers made of 3 millimetre thick high grade steel as an extension of the
– Skid Plate – protects the
truck from loose objects, e.g. when driving on gravel or stony areas. The 3
millimetre thick steel Skid Plate is built to withstand at least 5 tonnes of
– Volvo FMX has a ground
clearance of 30 cm, meaning that vital parts such as the suspension and brake
discs aren't at risk of damage when running on rough ground.
– Body in white – the unique
"body in white" cabin design helps protect the driver from injury,
including if the truck turns on its side.
– Waterproof – Volvo FMX is
built to work in the toughest conditions, including water. All sensitive parts
are sealed and placed to keep dirt and water out.
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