10/10/2013

New Volvo FL chased by bulls



In Volvo Trucks’ new film ‘The Chase’, the Volvo FL distribution truck faces the ultimate test. In the film the truck is chased by bulls in a race through the medieval Spanish town of Ciudad Rodrigo. “It’s incredible that you can get a truck this size through a town this small,” says precision driver Rob Hunt.

In Volvo Trucks' series of spectacular tests, the turn has now come to the Volvo FL distribution truck. During the development of the new Volvo FL, top priority was given to making the vehicle as comfortable as possible to drive. In ‘The Chase' Volvo Trucks aimed to show how easy it is to manoeuvre the new 12-tonne truck in a demanding urban environment by giving precision driver Rob Hunt the task of driving a two kilometre course through the congested streets of Ciudad Rodrigo - while being chased by a herd of bulls. 

"The town is old, the streets are narrow and we drive on slippery cobblestones. To be chased by bulls on top of that is a real challenge," says Rob Hunt.

During the test in Ciudad Rodrigo, the truck had to maintain a speed of at least 30 kilometres an hour just to keep out of the way of the bulls. In certain sections of the course the streets were so narrow that Rob Hunt had to tuck in his rear-view mirrors.

"The bulls maintained a consistently high speed and were really close sometimes, but the truck handled the corners very well so it was just a matter of driving. There was a whole lot happening, but the truck helped me the whole way," says Rob Hunt.

The safety of both people and animals was the top priority during the spectacular event. All necessary safety precautions were taken.

"The biggest risk was that we were in a town. It was live and we had to make sure that it was safe for both people and animals. With the big rear mirrors I had a good view of the bulls and the bull runners behind me so I could keep a good safe distance. And the automated gearbox made it easy to focus on the driving," says Rob Hunt.

"The new 12-tonner is a sharp contender in the largest medium duty segment. The truck is well-thought-out in every detail. Take for instance the smaller wheels, which lower the cab by five centimetres. This gives the driver better visibility all round and makes it easier to get in and out of the cab," says Tobias Bergman, Product Manager Distribution and Refuse Segment at Volvo Trucks.

The fact that the Volvo FL is specially tailored for fast and agile urban transports was something that precision driver Rob Hunt learned first hand when he took the starring role in ‘The Chase'.

"For a driver using this truck every day for work it's comfortable, for both short-distance and longer trips. It has an automated gearbox and cruise control and it's easy to steer. The visibility is great; you can see cars, bicycles and pedestrians. This truck definitely makes the driver's life easier," says Rob Hunt.

After the run the bulls were retired to a farm outside Guadalajara.

See ‘The Chase'

See the race from Rob Hunt's perspective

Previous films in Volvo Trucks' spectacular test series include ‘The Hamster Stunt', ‘The Hook' and ‘The Ballerina Stunt'. More films are in the pipeline.

See ‘The Hamster Stunt'

See ‘The Hook'

See ‘The Ballerina Stunt'

The race can be experienced in 360 degrees

October 10, 2013

For further information, please contact: Marie Vassiliadis, Media Relations Volvo Trucks, telephone +46 31 3224127, e-mail marie.vassiliadis@volvo.com

In Ciudad Rodrigo some of the streets are so narrow that the rear-view mirrors had to be tucked in for the truck to make it. image/x-png 994.7 KB
In the medieval town, the streets are narrow and have tight bends. Perfect for the new Volvo FL which is tailored for demanding urban conditions and local distribution operations. image/x-png 1.4 MB
Oscar-nominated director Henry Alex Rubin. image/x-png 943.1 KB
Precision driver Rob Hunt, who among much else has participated in several James Bond films, drove the truck. image/x-png 746.1 KB
Professional bull-runners ran with the new Volvo FL and the bulls through the town. image/x-png 1.2 MB
Stunt coordinator Lee Sheward prepares the bull-runners for the action. image/x-png 827.6 KB
The bulls are released from their pen by a bull-runner. The streets in the Spanish town of Ciudad Rodrigo have been closed off. image/x-png 1.1 MB
The bulls charge along the streets of Ciudad Rodrigo. image/x-png 905.4 KB
The large rear-view mirrors give precision driver Rob Hunt a clear view of the bulls and bull-runners behind him. image/x-png 1.2 MB
Tobias Bergman, Product Manager Distribution and Refuse Segment at Volvo Trucks. image/x-png 728.3 KB
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