‘Flying Passenger’ helps Volvo keep momentum

Truck maker Volvo has created a one-off stunt involving its FH tractor unit and a paraglider in a campaign to demonstrate the benefits of its I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission.

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In its social media video, The Flying Passenger, a paraglider and a Volvo FH drive up a twisty mountain road, with the truck challenged to maintain a constant and fast-enough sped to keep the paraglider airborne.

“Any truck driver knows how difficult it is to maintain cruising speed in hilly terrain. In order to do that, you need an engine and gearbox that enable extraordinary driveability,” explains Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks. “‘The Flying Passenger’ is a test that demonstrates both the outstanding performance and efficiency of our enhanced powertrain.”

The Volvo FH used in the film is equipped with Volvo’s D13 Euro-6 engine and I-Shift automated Dual Clutch gearbox. The dual clutch technology provides power shift gear changes that ensure the truck loses no momentum while changing gears under tough conditions.

“Driving in high gears and securing seamless gear shifting is an important factor for fuel efficiency. The I-Shift Dual Clutch enables smooth driving while staying in high gears and low revs,” says Staffan Wendeberg, Volvo’s Product Manager for FH trucks.

The paraglider is the latest instalment in Volvo Trucks’ Live Test series, where the truck’s features and capabilities are put through extraordinary tests. Previous films include ‘The Epic Split’, ‘Look Who’s Driving’ and ‘The Hamster Stunt’.