Volvo has once again turned its reputation for safety and serenity on its head, releasing new footage of a stunt involving two Volvo FH series trucks, a highline and a woman brave enough to walk across it.
The clip shows world record-holding highliner, or ‘slackliner’, Faith Dickey attempt ‘The Ballerina Stunt’ – a wire-walk between two 13.0-litre in-line six-cylinder-powered Volvo trucks, each with an available 522kW of power and 3150Nm of torque, traveling at 80km/h towards a tunnel that will sever the line.
Filmed on location along an unopened highway in Vrgorac, Croatia under the watchful eye of Hollywood stunt director Peter Pedrero, whose credits include titles such as James Bond, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean, Volvo Trucks says the stunt was set up to show the precise handling of its new Volvo FH series.
It’s not the first time the safety-orientated Swedish brand has thrown out a curve ball. A 2011 Volvo S60 TV ad was pulled from Australian screens for breaching the Advertising Standards Bureau’s Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries Advertising for Motor Vehicles Voluntary Code of Practice (FCAI Code). This was repeated early this year with a Volvo V60 ad that depicted the ‘family’ car being driven in a most unfamily-friendly manner.