Four-year-old rolls a new Volvo truck
Volvo has let a four-year-old loose with an 18-ton radio-controlled truck to show off its capabilities.
"Sophie" is filmed putting the company's new 540 hp FMX 8x6 all-wheel-drive truck through a construction area using a remote control.
The truck has been given several new functions over the year and the objective of the test was to show how much it can tolerate and how easily it copes in the most demanding environments.
"To show what the truck can do, we want to give it a real challenge. What test driver is more reckless than an unpredictable four-year-old?" asks Richard Fritz, Vice President of Volvo Trucks.
Sophie steers the truck on the construction area in the film, and the truck takes unpredicted ways: Among others, the truck ends up climbing a steep, soft slope, before rolling all the way down in a full 360-degree roll.
The event is well choreographed and it does seem at times that maybe an adult also a remote control to "assist" Sophie, but Volvo said it was all about demonstrating the truck's ability to cope with the most extreme environments.
"To help it do so, it has functions such as the new, Automatic Traction Control, keeping it going even on severely sloping and soft surfaces. They also demonstrate its total strength with an unbeatable cabin design with sturdy front corners and a reinforced sub-frame" says Gunnar Eliasson, launch manager at Volvo Trucks.
The following functions were tested in the film:
– Automatic Traction Control – automatic all-wheel drive, activated when needed for better traction, less wear and tear and lower fuel consumption.
– Bumpers made of 3 millimetre thick high grade steel as an extension of the chassis.
– A 3 millimetre thick steel Skid Plate is built to withstand at least 5 tonnes of pressure.
– A ground clearance of 30 cm, meaning that vital parts such as the suspension and brake discs aren't at risk of damage when running on rough ground.
– A unique "body in white" cabin design that helps protect the driver from injury, including if the truck turns on its side.
– All sensitive parts are sealed and placed to keep dirt and water out.