Volvo Trucks is spewing a bunch of technical information about its new transmission, including its “unique powertrain,” D13 engine, I-Shift Dual Clutch and low-fuel consumption. But mainly what you’ll remember about its latest video is a dude paragliding behind a massive rig while it speeds up to a narrow passageway under a low-lying bridge.
The video, filmed in a mountain pass in the Croatian Alps, aims to show off updated features of the Volvo FH truck. To keep the paraglider in flying, the truck had to keep up its speed even on the ups and downs of the road.
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The bridge obstacle, in particular, called for “high-precision driving at a constant cruising speed without any room for error,” says Volvo’s news release.
Galvani does his best to create tension, shouting at truck driver Louise Marriott to “Pull me up!” and “Don’t slow down!” But didn’t we know it would all work out, no matter the gears, revs or torque? It’s a “live” test, after all.
“The Flying Passenger,” from Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors, is a scenic addition to Volvo’s growing canon of adventure videos, now 100 million-plus views strong