Volvo will be rolling out its new FH-series truck on September 5, but the company has provided a sneak peek at the new tractors combined with an amazing stunt.
In the video, Faith Dickey, a young American who is the world record-holder in highlining, walks a slackline between two trucks driving at full speed. This really is something new: even Hollywood hasn’t tried this stunt.
The stunt was set up to show the precise handling of the new Volvo FH. It also shows the consummate skill of the drivers: Not only do they have to keep their big tractor-trailer rigs aligned, even through curves, they have to keep the trucks a constant distance apart on opposite sides of a median. If they get too close to each other the line becomes too slack and Dickey falls; if they drift too far apart, the line snaps and Dickey falls.
There’s also a time element involved. The action is filmed on an unopened highway in Croatia. Each truck is one one side of the divided highway that leads into a two-bore tunnel. Each rig will enter a different opening, snapping the line as they do.
The film was directed by Oscar-nominated Henry Alex Rubin (Girl Interrupted, Murderball) in cooperation with Hollywood stunt director Peter Pedrero (James Bond, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean).