Potentially Deadly Stunt Proves Volvo Truck Performance


We can think of easier ways.

It must be loads of fun to be part of the PR and marketing department at Volvo. The automaker seems more than happy to throw money behind many weird ideas that can only come from those Friday-after-work-drinking sessions. Besides making some really cool cars, Volvo is also known for it's high quality and tech-packed trucks, and just like with it's cars there's a need to show off what they can do. They make a fair amount of videos, but it's the ones with Live Test in the title that you have to keep an eye out for.

Watching a 4-year-old pilot a big rig through obstacles was pretty cool, but this latest stunt is a lot more dangerous, and that makes it even cooler.

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In this video you can see a new Volvo FH truck towing a well known paraglider to make a world’s first precision stunt using a truck. We mean a real one, not like a fake JCVD leg split between two Volvo trucks. This test was set up to demonstrate the performance of the unique powertrain employed in the latest Volvo trucks - the I-Shift Dual Clutch gearbox. The lady-driven truck had to maintain its speed to keep the paraglider in flight, an easy enough task on a flat, straight road, but this was on a mountain pass with bends and inclines, not to mention under a bridge. For that part the speed needed to be adjusted with precision to prevent the paraglider from becoming a splat on a concrete surface.