The eleventh Volvo Ocean Race will start this October; a fact that has provided the inspiration for a special limited edition of 600 specially-designed ‘Volvo Ocean Race’ Volvo FH and Volvo FH16 trucks.

“We’re targeting customers who want a unique and exclusive truck and appreciate the values associated with the Volvo Ocean Race, regarded as the “Mount Everest of sailing”, says Kristin Signert, project manager at Volvo Trucks, which will release a limited edition of specially-designed Volvo Ocean Race trucks before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in October.

The Volvo Ocean Race is an excellent opportunity to expose our brand and build relations with customers and other visitors. In fact, during the last race, almost four million people visited our exhibition in the ports,” comments Christina Ohlsson Jones, who is responsible for the Volvo Ocean Race at Volvo Trucks.

The design team at Volvo Trucks has worked hard to give the latest versions the right feel both inside and out. The cab is available in two colours: a white ‘Millennium Silver Metallic’ and a dark blue ‘Dark Knight Pearl’.

Both colours have been especially chosen for the Volvo Ocean Race Limited Edition and so have the black painted grille, the side stripes with a wave decoration and the globetrotter sign displaying the words ‘Volvo Ocean Race’. There are also ‘Limited Edition’ emblems on the sides of the cab.

The sailing-inspired interior features exclusive materials and details. With plenty of leather, exclusive seams and embroidered details, the driver area exudes quality and craftsmanship. The leather-covered seats are embellished with a blue accent colour, while other interior details such as the steering wheel, mats, door panels and grab rails have unique accent blue stitching. Curtain retainers made of sheet cord are an unexpected feature that heightens the overall effect.

“We wanted the truck to evoke a feel of sail racing and reflect the sleek, refined design of the yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race. For this reason, the interior design features a lot of leather and dark materials with striking cobalt blue accent colours,” says Nicola Fox, senior designer at Volvo Trucks.

The Volvo Ocean Race Limited Edition will be available for order from June 20, with the first of the trucks to be delivered in mid-September – a few weeks before the start of the 2011 Volvo Ocean Race.

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