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Czech driver tops Volvo fuel challenge 0

Czech driver tops Volvo fuel challenge

Date: 13.09.2016 The 2016 winner bested the global field in a slightly revamped competition The winner: Tom Hor i ka. The Volvo Trucks Drivers Fuel Challenge 2016 has been run and won with Tom Hor i ka from the Czech Republic taking the crown as the most efficient driver. Besting 12,000 global applicants and the finals other 27 competitors, Hor i ka used only 2.90 litres of fuel to complete the challenge in just 10 minutes and 40 seconds. “Winning The Drivers Fuel Challenge means the world to me,” the 34-year-old driver says. “And since I am both a truck driver and a company owner, I know how important fuel-efficient driving really is.” Testing drivers on their ability to travel efficiently, Volvo Trucks challenge required them to traverse a 6.9km test track in Gothenburg, Sweden, in less than 12 minutes and 30 seconds and save as much fuel as possible.

The drivers were judged on the fuel used and were awarded bonus points for finishing the course inside the allotted time. Volvo Trucks product manager in charge of the challenge Lene Larson says the test highlights the skills required by today s drivers. “Through the Drivers Fuel Challenge we want to show the difference a good driver makes,” Larson says. “A fuel-efficient driver can make a substantial difference and save as much as 10 per cent in fuel costs. “In the long run, that means huge cost savings for transport companies. “And I am truly impressed by how well the drivers utilised the potential and techniques of the trucks.” This year s event added the bonus point twist, making driver s juggle speed versus fuel. Volvo Trucks senior vice president of product and vehicle sales Ricard Fritz says it was in an effort to further match real-world requirements. “Meeting delivery deadlines is critical for today s transport companies,” Fritz says. “By including time constraints, the skills to prove in the Drivers Fuel Challenge are even more practical and relevant to the driver s day-to-day work. “To win, the driver needs to drive in an exceptionally well-planned, forward-looking and fuel-efficient way.” Rounding out the challenge s top four was Stanislav Martynov from Russia, Emir Salihovi from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kjetil Dale from Norway.

On top of being crowned Volvo Trucks most fuel efficient driver, Hor i ka won a trip to the Formula 1 race of his choice.

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Drivers’ Fuel Challenge puts the world’s most efficient truck drivers to the test 0

Drivers’ Fuel Challenge puts the world’s most efficient truck drivers to the test

28 finalists from around the world competed for the title World s most fuel efficient driver in Volvo Trucks Drivers Fuel Challenge 2016. The winner was Tom Hor i ka from the Czech Republic. In this year s challenge competitors were evaluated on both fuel savings and time, setting a high bar for the drivers skills as well as for the trucks.

On Friday 9 September, 28 truck drivers from all over the world gathered at Volvo Trucks test track in Gothenburg, Sweden to participate in the Drivers Fuel Challenge. The competition consists of driving a Volvo FH around the 6.9 km long track while using as little fuel as possible. This year s set up also included a twist: participants that managed to complete the course with time to spare were given extra points.

Meeting delivery deadlines is critical for today s transport companies. By including time constraints, the skills to prove in the Drivers Fuel Challenge are even more practical and relevant to the driver s day-to-day work. To win, the driver needs to drive in an exceptionally well-planned, forward-looking and fuel-efficient way, says Ricard Fritz, Senior Vice President, Product and Vehicle Sales, Volvo Trucks.

To succeed the drivers needed to achieve a high average speed while keeping fuel consumption to a minimum, which was made possible thanks to a Volvo FH equipped with the recently enhanced powertrain. Our updated powertrain enables the engine and gearbox to utilise their full combined potential to deliver even more efficient transportations, says Mats Franz n, Product Manager Powertrain Components Engines at Volvo Trucks. Fuel accounts for around a third of a transport company s costs.

That is why Volvo Trucks works continuously to meet the customer s growing needs for fuel-efficient transport. But to be a truly fuel-efficient transport company, a modern truck is not enough; a good driver is a necessity. For this reason Volvo Trucks puts strong emphasis on vehicle handovers and professional driver training.

Through the Drivers Fuel Challenge we want to show the difference a good driver makes. A fuel-efficient driver can make a substantial difference and save as much as ten per cent in fuel costs. In the long run, that means huge cost savings for transport companies.

And I am truly impressed by how well the drivers utilised the potential and techniques of the trucks, says Lene Larsen, Project Manager, The Drivers Fuel Challenge, Volvo Trucks. Clinching a spot at the Drivers Fuel Challenge 2016 final was no small feat. The 28 competing drivers in the global final qualified through national and regional Drivers Fuel Challenge competitions held across the world, which involved over 12,000 drivers.

Of the 28 participant in this year s Drivers Fuel Challenge, Stanislav Martynov from Russia, Emir Salihovi from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tom Hor i ka from the Czech Republic and Kjetil Dale from Norway made it to the grand final. In the end, it was Tom Hor i ka who brought home the title. Winning The Drivers Fuel Challenge means the world to me.

And since I am both a truck driver and a company owner, I know how important fuel-efficient driving really is. says Tom Hor i ka. Along with the title of world s most fuel efficient truck driver , the winner also received a VIP-trip for two to a Formula 1 race of their choice, where they will gain unique insights into the F1 racing world.

How the Drivers Fuel Challenge works From 42 participating countries, 28 drivers qualified for the Drivers Fuel Challenge global final. The competing drivers had 12 minutes and 30 seconds to drive a Volvo FH truck around the 6.9 km long competition course. The main goal was to use as little fuel as possible.

Additionally, bonus points were given to the drivers that finished the course in the shortest amount of time. Factoring in time in the overall results, ensured that it became even more important to keep high average speed. Facts about the winner: Name: Tom Hor i ka Age: 34 Nationality: Czech Occupation: Tom Hor i ka Result: Fuel (litres): 2,90.

Time: 10:40.

Fuel with bonus (litres): 2,04.

A selection of Volvo Trucks recent fuel-efficiency efforts: Presentation of the Volvo Concept Truck which uses 30 per cent less fuel Enhanced Euro 6 engine Improved aerodynamic design of the Volvo FH cab Weight reductions on the Volvo FH and FM I-Shift with crawler gears offers an outstanding startability for heavy haulage and in severe conditions and increased fuel efficiency Tandem Axle Lift, which allows the second driven axle to be disengaged and raised when not fully loaded in order to reduce fuel consumption

World Cup of Hockey Preview 0

World Cup of Hockey Preview

Hockey fans will see their favorite players return to the ice a little earlier than usual this year. On September 17th, the puck is slated to drop in Toronto for the newest edition of the World Cup of Hockey an international tournament which includes some of the premier stars of the NHL. The history of this tournament is convoluted it s the spiritual successor of the Canada Cup tournament of the 1980s and early 90s, and was played twice between 1996 and 2004. However, the tournament has been on hiatus since 2004, which may have something to do with the fact that the Winter Olympics have become the greatest international stage on which NHL players can go head-to-head in their national colors. There is rampant speculation that the return of the World Cup, organized by the National Hockey League with minimal input from the International Ice Hockey Federation or International Olympic Committee, represents the end of NHL presence at the Winter Olympics. All politicking aside, the WCH is shaping up to be a fascinating tournament, with established powerhouses, confusing omissions, and intriguing wild-card teams. [1] At face value, it s difficult to come up with a scenario in which Canada struggles to get to the tournament s championship game. The roster from north of the border is chock-full of NHL superstars such as Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Toews, and, of course, Sidney Crosby. Even Canada s weakest line of Matt Duchene, Joe Thornton, and Claude Giroux includes one of the game s most exciting young stars, a proven veteran who overcame several personal demons by reaching the Stanley Cup Final this past spring, and the star of this delightful francophone Pepsi commercial. That being said, where Canada truly shines is on defense. No commodity is hotter in the hockey world right now than blue-chip defenders who skate for 30 minutes or more per game, organize plays to create scoring chances, and improve a team s all-important puck possession . Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Alex Pietrangelo, and Shea Weber would be any NHL team s number 1 defender (That being said, it s a disgrace that P.K. Subban, a stellar defender and the NHL s reigning King of Style was left off the Canadian roster). It s safe to say Canada has an embarrassment of riches and is well-positioned to succeed in the WCH. [2] [3] [4] [5] However, hopes for a victory par(eh)de could be doused if the Canadians encounter an almost-unbeatable goalie on the other end of the ice. Latvia gave Canada quite a scare in the 2014 Olympics by relying almost entirely on the puck-stopping ability of Kristers Gudlevskis, and it s not inconceivable that Canada could find themselves in this situation this year. One of the prime candidates to stymie Canada with a goaltender playing out of his mind would seem to be Finland Tukka Rask and Pekka Rinne have been two of the NHL s premiere netminders year-in-year-out (Rinne s weak 2015-16 notwithstanding). If one of these two goalies can neutralize Canada s firepower (and bear in mind the New York Times has described excellence in goaltending as reflective of the soul of Finland ), the Finnish offense, which includes Jussi Jokinen, Patrik Laine, and Joonas Donskoi could give Canada (or any team for that matter) all kinds of trouble. [6] [7] [8] Finland s Scandinavian neighbor Sweden is a perennial hockey powerhouse, and this year is no exception. Goaltending is perhaps a little weaker than usual for the Tre Kronor, as an aging Henrik Lundqvist can no longer be counted on to be top-notch every night. That being said, Sweden s defense is certainly intimidating, with proven stars such as Viktor Hedman and Erik Karlsson, who has indicated that after multiple stellar campaigns in the NHL, he s itching to help his country win on the world stage. [9] Russia has developed a reputation as an underachieving team in recent years, with disappointing early exits from the Olympic tournaments in Sochi and Vancouver. Vladimir Putin s boys have awe-inspiring firepower up front the first line combination of Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, and Vladimir Tarasenko is second to none in the tournament. The Russian side also features some relative newcomers such as Nikita Kucherov and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who ve had breakout seasons in the NHL in recent years. For American and Canadian fans, the WCH is probably one of the last opportunities to see Pavel Datsyuk play on North American soil the veteran sniper left the Detroit Red Wings for the Kontinental Hockey League at the end of last season. Russia s defense, however, is quite unexceptional; goalies Semyon Varlamov, Sergei Bobrovsky, or Andrei Vasilevskiy will have to bring their a-games, or we could be saying do svidaniya to Russia after only a few games. The Czech Republic definitely doesn t have the star power of other teams in the tournament, but they do have the greatest of all time. All jokes about journeyman defender Michal Jord n aside, the Czechs will be lucky to win a game at the World Cup. True, they have some decent forwards, such as Ondrej Palat, Jakub Voracek, and Michael Frolik, and Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek is coming off a strong 2015-16 NHL campaign. Fundamentally though, the Czechs are a team full of NHL has-beens and never-weres. The fact that Ondrej Pavalec, a very pedestrian NHL goalie, made this team speaks volumes about the Czech Republic they just don t have that much to work with, and may be overwhelmed in this tournament. Maybe they should have included NHL iron man Jaromir J gr this year, if only for the added entertainment value. [10] [11] [12] [13] Team Europe is intriguing the team is made up of players from Austria, Denmark, Germany, France, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland, and is making its international debut at the World Cup this year. Traditionally, the Slovaks have played second-fiddle to the Czechs in central Europe, and the other seven countries are international minnows by themselves. Together, however, these countries could be a real competitor in the WCH. The first line of Mari n G borik (Slovakia), An e Kopitar (Slovenia) and Mats Zuccarello (Norway) will give any team in the tournament problems, and there s decent depth on the other three lines. There are slimmer pickings on Europe s defense Roman Josi (Switzerland) is decent, and an aging Zdeno Ch ra (Slovakia) is always a threat, partially because of his sheer size , but beyond these two, the Europeans don t look to have much on the blue line. Goaltending is suspect for this team Jaroslav Hal k (Slovakia) has been known to keep his teams competitive in games against superior opponents in the past, but his best years are behind him. Still, if a handful of players overachieve, Europe is a viable dark-horse pick to succeed in the World Cup. [14] [15] Team North America is the other franken-team in the tournament, and, like Europe, could deliver a surprisingly good performance. It s made up of players from both the United States and Canada, all of whom must be under 23 years of age. Young and talented players have traditionally been left off of national teams in favor of more proven veterans consider Steven Stamkos absence from team Canada at the 2010 Olympics. In theory, the introduction of Team North America should rectify this issue, and allow fans to see some of the most talented young players in the world exhibit their skills on an international stage early in their careers. It would be easy to dismiss North America as a team that is too raw and inexperienced to compete in the tournament. However, forwards Nathan MacKinnon (Canada) and Johnny Gaudreau (United States) are proven stars, goalie Matt Murray (Canada) just backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in the spring, and defenders Seth Jones (United States) and Aaron Ekblad (Canada) are integral parts of their teams bluelines. Furthermore, forwards Connor McDavid (Canada), Auston Matthews (United States), and Jack Eichel (United States) have each been hailed as the saviors of their respective NHL teams in coming years (McDavid in particular has been called the seventh coming of the Transcendent Canadian NHL Superstar , and looks to supersede Crosby himself in coming years). The North Americans annihilated a decent Europe team in a pre-tournament game this team is a legitimate, albeit inexperienced threat to win the entire tournament. The plan is for both the Canadian and American national anthems to be played before all of North America s games, but if they win the tournament, the Voice is of the opinion that Drake and Future s entire What A Time To Be Alive mixtape should be played, in the spirit of championships and cross-border cooperation. Last but certainly not least, the USA is sending a team to the tournament, and they look to be pretty good. Unfortunately, for the past few days, discussion of the American team has centered on head coach John Tortorella s draconian reaction to the Colin Kaepernick national anthem situation, which is at best an unnecessary distraction and at worst a profound misunderstanding of freedom of speech. Immature antics from Tortorella are nothing new the man seems to have a fixation on making himself the center of attention. In any case, the American team is not the best in the tournament at any position, but is remarkably well-rounded. The attack may not be as electrifying as Canada s or Russia s, but it includes proven players who can compete in the NHL, such as Zach Parise, Ryan Kesler, Patrick Kane (who is playing a new leadership role ), and, of course, national hero T.J. Oshie. The American defense can t be as dominant as Sweden s will be, but Ryan Suter, Dustin Byfuglien, and the other Jack Johnson are all part of a defensive corps that looks to be the third or fourth best in the entire tournament. In net, Cory Schneider, Jonathan Quick, and Ben Bishop have been at turns brilliant and exasperating in the NHL if these goalies play well, the depth and caliber of the American team should be enough to challenge anyone in the tournament, and perhaps make a run at winning the whole thing. The elephant in the room for the United States is undoubtedly the absence of Penguins winger Phil Kessel. Kessel has been called one of the most overrated players in the league, and casual fans have said he looks more like a tow truck driver than an NHL star, but most observers agreed that Kessel s stellar performance in Pittsburgh s championship run this spring invalidated many criticisms. Apparently this shift in perspective was lost on Tortorella and USA general manager Dean Lombardi. If the United States ends up losing in the WCH because of insufficient scoring, there ll be hell to pay. 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