2001

2001- VOR and New irrigation engines

Severe test for engines in Volvo Ocean Race

Every yacht in the 2001-2001 Volvo Ocean Race has two Volvo Penta engines on board: a propulsion engine that can only be used in emergency situations during the race and an auxiliary engine for onboard production of electricity and freshwater and for powering the ballast water pumps.

The auxiliary engines - designated MD2030 - are a type of diesel engine normally used for propulsion in regular leisure craft. During the Volvo Ocean Race, however, the auxiliary engine performs an entirely different function. The MD2030 is operated for many hours under extremely difficult conditions, including up to 70-degree heeling, to produce electricity and freshwater for the boat.

For obvious reasons, the propulsion engine, designated MD22P, is not used as much. Prior to each start, the engine is sealed so that it cannot be used for propulsion until the craft has crossed the finishing line, except in emergency situations.

During the entire race, the syndicate has access to service from several of Volvo Penta's more than 5,000 dealers throughout the world.

New irrigation engines and major orders

Volvo Penta has long been one of the leading suppliers of diesel engines for powering various types of irrigation systems. These engines facilitate agriculture in areas where it would otherwise be impossible. At the 2001 Saudi Agricultural Show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the company unveils a number of new engines: a 12-liter electronically controlled engine of not less than 500 hp and 5-liter and 7-liter diesel engines.

The new engines further strengthen Volvo Penta's market position. During 2001, the company secures an order from Saudi Arabia for no fewer than 1,700 industrial engines. The order is worth slightly more than SEK 250 M.