In the latest of a string of stunts to promote the abilities of its trucks, Volvo has taken to Spanish streets to run with the bulls.
‘The Chase’ features a Volvo FL being chased by bulls 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 who piloted the truck ahead of the herd.
Volvo says a top priority was given to making the FL as comfortable as possible to drive, while the purpose of the film is to show how easy it is to manoeuvre the 12-tonner in demanding urban environments.
Hunt had the task of driving a two kilometre course through the congested streets of the town near Salamanca while being chased.
“The town is old, the streets are narrow and we drive on slippery cobblestones,” he said.
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 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.”
The safety of both people and animals was the top priority during the spectacular event and all necessary safety precautions were taken. No trucks were harmed in the making of the film, says Volvo, while all of the bulls have been retired to a farm near Guadalajara.
The bull-running film follows another featuring a hamster steering an FMX through a quarry and a tightrope walker crossing between two FH combinations cruising along an unopened motorway.