Kiwi truckie says starring role in Volvo truck stunt was 'hardcase'
A Kiwi truck driver has played a key role in Volvo Truck's latest stunt video.
Louise Marriott, a driver for JPM Holdings in Christchurch, is at the wheel of a Volvo FH that tows a paraglider up a mountain pass in Croatia in a precision stunt never tried before.
"The Flying Passenger" stunt follows on from the company's "Epic Split" video that featured martial arts action hero Jean Claude Van Damme which amassed over 84 million views online.
Marriott has been a truck driver for about 12 years and said having a paraglider attached to the rear of the truck looked "hardcase". Last year she became the first ever female driver to win the Volvo Trucks Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge, beating 16 other international competitors, and therefore the first woman to ever qualify for the Volvo Trucks Fuelwatch Challenge global final.
"The Flying Passenger" was filmed over several days and required high precision driving at a constant cruising speed with "zero margin for error" according to Volvo.
The object of the stunt was to spotlight the truck's unique powertrain performance fitted with I-Shift Dual Clutch which is said to enable excellent performance whilst at the same time considerably lowering fuel consumption.
"Driving on high gears and securing seamless gear shifting is an important factor for fuel efficiency. The I-Shift Dual Clutch enables smooth driving whilst staying in high gears and low revs," says Staffan Wendeberg, Product Manager FH and Long Haul at Volvo Trucks.