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Volvo CE helps build Hong Kong racetrack

Electric equipment from Volvo CE was used to build the FIA World Rallycross Championship racetrack in Hong Kong in just eight days

Volvo Construction Equipment’s (Volvo CE’s) new L120 Electric wheel loader has built a Rallycross racetrack in the heart of Hong Kong, with the track put to use at the weekend for the final races of FIA’s first all-electric rallycross race event.

As Official Track Building Partner, Volvo CE took the opportunity to demonstrate the power of its electric portfolio and digital solutions by shaping the tight corners and jumps of this race track using a mix of sustainable solutions.

A 23-ton EC230 Electric excavator was supported by Dig Assist and an Engcon tiltrotator capable of excavating to any angle, to form the jumps. Also working to both build and maintain the tracks were two brand new L120 Electric wheel loaders from China. These machines are currently in a customer pilot across selected Asian markets and will come to other selected markets yet to be announced.

In addition, one of the zero-emission L120 Electric wheel loaders will be fitted with recovery forks to remove crashed race cars from the track, as part of Volvo CE’s motorsport safety solution.

Volvo designed track

Part of the track is a replica of a design devised by Volvo CE at its test track in Eskilstuna, Sweden – built to encourage more overtaking and a greater spectacle for racegoers.

It was designed using build data captured in 3D on Volvo CE’s Dig Assist in-cab machine control application. The data is then programmed into Volvo’s machines and recreated in real life. This reduces the build time for the track, but also does so with a minimal carbon footprint.

“This is another great platform to raise awareness about the incredible power of electromobility and digital solutions in real life applications,” Volvo CE head of brand, marketing and communications Bill Law says.

“We’re so proud to be part of developing this spectacular rallycross track in the heart of Hong Kong, in partnership with the FIA World Rallycross Championship. It is a testament to what can be achieved when we work together to accelerate a more sustainable transformation.

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