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Watch: Four-year-old Sophie crashes Volvo through a building

REMEMBER the Epic Split - when Van Damme rode on top of two Volvos and performed his famous splits?  Remember the hamster stunt - where Volvo let a hampster steer?

Well in Volvo Trucks' latest film Look who's driving, four-year-old Sophie exposes the Volvo FMX to the toughest challenge yet in the Live Test series.

She rolls it, crashes into a swinging box and drives it through a building and has the best time doing it!  Best of all the truck takes all the hits and still drives on like a champion.

If you've ever imagined what it would be like to play a real life version of your favourite smash em up video game then this is as close as you can get.

The film is a follow-up to previous global successes in the series, those Epic Split and The Hamster Stunt videos went viral.

Now Volvo Trucks' newest Live Test, Look who's driving, sees four-year-old Sophie drive an 18 tonne Volvo FMX through a construction area using a remote control - she even has the truck doing donuts!

The truck has been given several new functions over the year, and the objective of the test is to show how much it can
tolerate and how easily it copes in the most demanding environments.

"To show what the truck can do, we want to give it a real challenge. What test driver is more reckless than an unpredictable four-year-old?" asks Richard Fritz, Vice President of Volvo Trucks.

Sophie steers the truck on the construction area in the film, and the truck takes unpredicted ways: Among others, the truck ends up climbing a steep, soft slope, before rolling all the way down in a full 360-degree roll.

"The test demonstrates beyond question the ability of the truck to cope with the most extreme environments. To help it do so, it has functions such as the new, Automatic Traction Control, keeping it going even on severely sloping and soft surfaces. They also demonstrate its total strength with an unbeatable cabin design with sturdy front corners and a reinforced sub-frame," says Gunnar Eliasson, Launch Manager at Volvo Trucks.

You can see how the truck copes in the test on Volvo Trucks' YouTube channel. www.youtube.com/VolvoTrucks or click on the video embedded in the story.

The following functions were tested in the film:

- Automatic Traction Control, automatic all-wheel drive, activated when needed. The result is better traction, less wear and tear and lower fuel consumption.

- Sturdy Front Corner - bumpers made of 3mm thick high grade steel as an extension of the chassis.

- Skid Plate - protects the truck from loose objects, e.g. when driving on gravel or stony areas.  The 3mm thick steel Skid Plate is built to withstand at least 5 tonnes of pressure.

- Volvo FMX has a ground clearance of 30 cm, meaning that vital parts such as the suspension and brake discs aren't at risk of damage when running on rough ground.

- Body in white - the unique "body in white" cabin design helps protect the driver from injury, including if the truck turns on its side.

- Waterproof - Volvo FMX is built to work in the toughest conditions, including water. All sensitive parts are sealed and placed to keep dirt and water out.

About the truck: 

Volvo FMX 8x6 All Wheel Drive
Horsepower: 540
Specification: Day Cab, Dumper Body, I-Shift, Chassis Extra High

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