World-record breaking truck driver Boije Ovebrink was formally presented with a diploma from the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) last week to officially acknowledge his hybrid truck speed records.
The new world speed records were set at the Wendover Airfield in Utah, U.S. on April 27, 2012. Driving “Mean Green,” his Volvo hybrid truck, Ovebrink broke both his previous world records for achieving the fastest speed in a hybrid truck.
The new speed records are: Flying Kilometre -236.577 kph (147.002 mph) and Standing Kilometre – 153.252 kph (95.245 mph).
Mean Green eclipsed its previous records – 218.780 kph (135.943 mph) in the flying kilometer and 152.253 kph (94.605 mph) in the standing kilometer – established in June 2011 at the Hultsfred Airport in Sweden.
The diploma from the FIA, the international governing body for world motor sport, means that the speeds achieved in Utah last April are now officially approved and recognized as world records.
“Often the process for authorizing a world record takes 3-4 months, but this time it only took six weeks,” claimed Boije Ovebrink at the ceremony. “So you could say everything has been done at world record speed – even the admin!”
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