NEW VOLVO FL CHASED BY BULLS

Yet another crazy but awesome stunt created and carried out by Volvo Trucks to promote the new Volvo FL distribution truck. This comes straight from Volvos Press office:

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In Volvo Trucks’ new film ‘The Chase’, the Volvo FL distribution truck faces the ultimate test. In the film the truck is chased by bulls in a race through the medieval Spanish town of Ciudad Rodrigo, a small cathedral city in western Spain, “It’s incredible that you can get a truck this size through a town this small,” says precision driver Rob Hunt
In Volvo Trucks’ series of spectacular tests, the turn has now come to the Volvo FL distribution truck. During the development of the new Volvo FL, top priority
was given to making the vehicle as comfortable as possible to drive.

In ‘The Chase’ Volvo Trucks aimed to show how easy it is to manoeuvre the new 12-tonne truck in a demanding urban environment by giving precision driver Rob Hunt the task of driving a two kilometre course through the congested streets of Ciudad Rodrigo, near Salamanca – while being chased by a herd of bulls.

“The town is old, the streets are narrow and we drive on slippery cobblestones. To be chased by bulls on top of that is a real challenge,” says Rob Hunt.

During the test in Ciudad Rodrigo, the truck had to maintain a speed of at least 30 kilometres an hour just to keep ahead of the bulls. In certain sections of the course the streets were so narrow that Rob Hunt had to tuck in his rear-view mirrors.

“The bulls maintained a consistently high speed and were really close sometimes, but the truck handled the corners very well so it was just a matter of driving. There was a whole lot happening, but the truck helped me the whole way,” says Rob Hunt. The safety of both people and animals was the top priority during the spectacular event and all necessary safety precautions were taken.

“The biggest risk was that we were in a town. It was live and we had to make sure that it was safe for both people and animals. With the big rear mirrors I had a good view of the bulls and the bull runners behind me so I could keep a good safe distance. And the automated gearbox made it easy to focus on the driving,” says Rob Hunt.

“The new 12-tonner is a sharp contender in the largest medium-duty distribution segment. The truck is well-thought-out in every detail. Take for instance the smaller wheels, which lower the cab by five centimetres. This gives the driver better visibility all round and makes it easier to get in and out of the cab,” says Tobias Bergman, Product Manager Distribution and Refuse Segment at Volvo Trucks. The fact that the Volvo FL is specially tailored for fast and agile urban transport was something that precision driver Rob Hunt learned first-hand when he took the starring role in ‘The Chase’.

“For a driver using this truck every day for work its comfortable, for both short-distance and longer trips. It has an automated gearbox and cruise control and it’s easy to steer. The visibility is great; you can see cars, bicycles and pedestrians. This truck definitely makes the driver’s life easier,” says Rob Hunt.

Above is the behind the scenes, making of the video. It doesn’t matter what angle you look at it from, it is another top marketing ploy by Volvo Trucks, after all people like me are busy writing about it for you to read! Volvo Trucks Youtube channel is HERE.

For the animal lovers among you Volvo have stated that none of the bulls were hurt during filming and after filming the bulls were retired to a farm in Guadalajara.

From Russia With Love……..

Back with a monster blog by Matt Ireland. Yes him of Transam Trucking fame, living the rock n roll life of concert trucking. Matt and myself have been beaten by technology, so to see the photos you’ll have to hit the link at the bottom, but in the mean time you’ve got to watch Matt’s video’s of one of his mammoth trips across Russia in his trusty DAF. Over to a few words from the man himself:

So this is a video diary I have prepared and also photos, both trucks and non trucks. I’ll start with the video links as they sort of explain where and what. They are all quite long (except part 3). I’ll admit I’m no Luke Vernon, I’m not very good at them.

Once we got to the border this was the route; Kazan, Samara, Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg, then back via the same way…


However, from Kazan to Samara, the route we actually went on was like this. the “direct road” was pretty much un-passable apparently so we went round!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4 

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8 

Part 9

All the photos of the trucks I took are at this link: HERE

I hope you enjoy!

Mega MAN

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I was trying to think of some clever title with MAN in but it seemed a waste of what little brain power I have. Mega MAN says all you need to know. Every now and again I get an email that makes me think “Wow!”, which these days takes a bit more effort than a few years ago. If any nation can impress you in the world of trucks, our crazy Dutch cousins will always be right at the top of the list. It seems that the people at Becx TDS Racing may be 100% nuts! Click below and watch the video, that saves me writing loads of pointless words to try and impress you with…..I’ll stop.

Good eh?! What a beast and did you hear that turbo? No? then go play it again and come back in a minute………

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Now for the info straight from Edwin Kuijpers from Becx-TDS Racing………Two beahrs pleassh!

It is originally a MAN TGS18.480

We changed the complete chassis and shortened it at the front so the wheels are on the corners. The cabin is put lower and backwards on the chassis. (like the Brazilian racetrucks). The engine is gone 50 cm back in the chassis to get a good weight balance (60/40%)

The engine is a special race engine from MAN motorsport in Germany a delivers 1100HP and 5500Nm of torque. If we want we can put the power up to 1600HP en almost 7000 Nm of torque.

The top speed is >215 Km/h and the acceleration is 0-100Km/h. A set of tyres is gone in about 4 minutes of intensive driving and drifting. The truck is build complete build by our own team, and took 7000 hours in about a year.

Hope I send you enough information, otherwise you can see our website: www.becxtdsracing.nl

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Hopefully we will hear more from Edwin and the others at Becx-TDS Racing. I am also hoping that they will do another video soon and even better perhaps they can do a video at Truckstar Festival in a few weekends time, just like last year.

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Martins Moody Motor

Our 143 Scania Finished!

Now there’s a beauty! As these are the days of modern classics in the trucking world, along with other well loved late 90’s models, Scania’s 3 Series Streamlines must be among the best. Whether or not it would be your choice, I think it fair to say we’d all like to restore our favourite Diesel Daisy if we had the time and money. So for those who have got the money (or not as they may claim), rebuilding a 143 500 just had to be done. What a good job too! But then again what did you expect from the combination of top independent Scania sales man, Mick Moody and top canal boat builder Guy Martin (apparently now and again he rides a bicycle with a motor on it too). The end result is some thing along the lines of a near on brand new truck, which I hasten to add is for sale if your interested, but be prepared for a nearly new price too. Justified in my opinion as where can you buy a virtually brand new 143?……Exactly. Any way after another of our little chats, Mr Moody told me of a little video of Guy, talking about the rebuilding of said Swedish beauty. I have put the video on here but if you search the YouTube for “Guy Martin” you’ll see what else he gets upto inbetween mechanic-ing for Mr Moody. Great truck.