Volvo Trucks was recently announced as the as an official supplier of trucks and haulage to the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. The partnership will see McLaren-Honda take delivery of a brand new fleet of 24 state-of-the-art Volvo FH Series trucks for the duration of the four-year agreement to provide essential transport solutions and logistics support for both race team and hospitality operations.
The McLaren-Honda team will campaign the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. They will drive the McLaren-Honda MP4-31.
The 24 Volvo FH 13-litre, 540 hp trucks will comprise three different specifications, including standard height, extra low, and top of the range, to cater for the ever-changing logistical requirements of the team at grand prix locations all over Europe.
The technology used on the exclusive flagship truck is inspired by the racing world, and is the first time that a heavy goods vehicle has used its celebrated I-Shift automated gearbox matched to the new Dual Clutch, offering “unrivalled driveability in its class”. The vehicle also features independent suspension using rack and pinion steering – features which have previously only been available in passenger cars.
McLaren-Honda will benefit from transport solutions that offer fuel-efficient, torque-strong performance, responsive engines and comfortable cabs. The Volvo FH Series boasts the latest I-See gradient technology that can save fuel, and engines that meet the Euro VI emissions standard, therefore reducing environmental impact in line with the team’s status as the only Formula 1 operation to be awarded the FIA Institute’s Environmental Award for the Achievement of Excellence.
The FH Series is also the world’s safest Volvo product, equipped with safety systems including the strongest-ever Volvo cab, driver support systems, redesigned aerodynamic mirrors, improved instrument display and dynamic headlights.
Jonathan Neale, chief operating officer of McLaren Technology Group, says, “As well as looking for on-track efficiencies, as part of McLaren’s sustainability commitments we also look for improvements off it too. That’s why we’re very proud to partner with such a prestigious brand as Volvo Trucks, who are renowned for their innovative and high-performance heavy goods transport solutions.
“Away from the racing circuit, managing freight and logistics for a Formula 1 team presents a huge challenge in itself. Transporting McLaren-Honda’s entire race team operations across Europe in an efficient, reliable and, most importantly, safe manner is no mean feat. We knew that partnering with Volvo Trucks as an official supplier would fit that bill perfectly.
“Like McLaren, Volvo Trucks prides itself on an enviable heritage in its field. They have been in operation for more than 80 years and built an impressive reputation for strong, reliable and economical transport products. We are looking forward to receiving the first trucks from the new Volvo FH fleet from April onwards, and working with Volvo Trucks to refine our logistics solutions as the relationship progresses.”
Mike Corcoran, commercial director at Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland, says, “We are extremely proud to have been selected as a supplier by McLaren-Honda. Our two companies share a number of values – particularly so in terms of our approach to quality and innovation, and we are both very much leaders in the use of technology. We are both winners in the race to find technological solutions to a very different set of transport challenges: McLaren on the track, and Volvo Trucks on the roads and highways of the world.”
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