Why is Boije Ovebrink smiling? Because he just set a new, FIA sanctioned land speed record for tractor-trailers in his specially prepared Volvo. Averaging 81.32 miles per hour for 500 meters and 103.58 miles per hour for a full kilometer (averaged speeds), Ovebrink crossed the finish line at 155 miles per hour.
Ovebrink’s truck uses a 16 liter Volvo D16 motor as a starting point, but his is tweaked to produce 2,000 horsepower and 3,687 foot pounds of torque. That’s quite a bit more than any supercar I can think of, but supercars don’t have the kind of mass behind them that Ovebrink’s Volvo does. It almost makes me wonder what his lap times on the Nordschleife would be.