29/10/2013

Liefhebber bouwt Lego model van Volvo Trucks' recordhouder hybride



Volvo Trucks' Mean Green, 's werelds snelste hybride vrachtwagen, is vereeuwigd als Lego model. Meer dan 3500 stukken werden gebruikt om de replica te bouwen die door zijn schepper Anders Gaasedal Christensen werd overhandigd aan Claes Nilsson, President van Volvo Trucks, tijdens een ceremonie in het hoofdkwartier van Volvo Trucks in Göteborg.

Volvo Trucks' Mean Green, the world's fastest hybrid truck, has been immortalised as a Lego model. Over 3,500 pieces were used to build the reproduction, which was handed over by its creator Anders Gaasedal Christensen, to Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks, during a ceremony at the Volvo Trucks' headquarters in Gothenburg.

Anders Gaasedal Christensen, who works at Lego, began the project in February and has been building the truck as a hobby ever since. The model, which is built from parts from the regular Lego range, took about 150 hours to complete.

"I got inspiration to build Mean Green while talking to Boije Ovebrink at the Volvo Trucks' stand at the IAA fair in Germany. Mean Green is built using interesting technology and has a different design to ordinary trucks."

Anders became hooked on Lego at the age of two, and has since spent a great deal of his time building Lego models. During his studies, building Lego became a way to relax and since graduating he has worked seven years at Lego, first as an engineer and now as a test engineer.

The driveline in the Lego model is - just like the rest of the truck - very detailed, with both a diesel and electric motor included.

"I'm really impressed with the level of detail in the model and appreciate the dedication behind the work," says Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks.

Mean Green, the truck that inspired the Lego replica, is a tractor with an aerodynamic chassis that does not quite look like a regular Volvo truck. Despite this, it consists almost exclusively of components from the production of Volvo's product range, including a Volvo VN cab and chassis.

"The goal when I built the model was to capture as many details as possible. Volvo Trucks have been very involved throughout and have supported me, by supplying photos and blueprints, so building it has been unusually fun," Anders continues.

Mean Green broke two world speed records in the spring of 2012 and is therefore the world 's fastest hybrid truck. It has a tuned Volvo D16 engine and a modified version of Volvo's automated I- Shift gearbox , which is compatible with the hybrid electric motor.

"It's great fun that the Mean Green has become immortalised in this way," says Ovebrink, who is a world record holder and the driver of Mean Green. "The only thing that's missing is me behind the wheel," he adds and laughs.


Facts Mean Green:
Mean Green beat two world speed records in April 2012 at the Wendover Airport in Utah, USA:
Flying kilometer: 236.577 km/h and Standing kilometer: 153.252 km/h
Speed
The records are confirmed by the United States Auto Club, an extension of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA ), motor sport's international governing body.

Facts LEGO model:
Number of pieces: over 3,500
Scale: 1:10 (based on the size of the largest Lego wheels in Lego's range)
Weight: 4.6 kg
Height: 65.5 cm
Width: 23 cm
Height: 24 cm

Voor meer informatie kunt u contact opnemen met: Annie Vonck, tel. +32 2 4825385, e-mail annie.vonck@volvo.com

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