Volvo Trucks – The Hamster Stunt

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Charlie the hamster stars as truck driver in the new film: ‘The Hamster Stunt’ “In this film we want to test our new technology that makes the truck so light and easy to manoeuvre that it can be done by a hamster,” says Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks.

Exactly a year after launching ‘The Ballerina Stunt’-viral Volvo Trucks is back with what appears to be a series of new stunts. Last week Volvo Trucks released teaser-video ‘The Hook’, which has already claimed +2 million views on YouTube, and today premiers the next daring film: ‘The Hamster Stunt’. The film features Charlie, a tiny hamster, steering a 15-tonne Volvo FMX construction truck up a steep hill in a Spanish quarry.

“Charlie the hamster is our star! He demonstrated that he has the best strength, confidence and attitude to learning new ideas”, says animal trainer Grace Dickinson. Charlie had undergone several weeks of training prior to the test.

#TheHamsterStunt is one of several spectacular tests involving Volvo Trucks’ new truck models. In the film #TheHook Claes Nilsson balances on the front panel of a Volvo truck as it dangles 20 meters above the ground, and in ‘The Ballerina Stunt’ slackliner Faith Dickey balances between two trucks driving on a motorway.

“More films are on the way this autumn that show our trucks undergoing tests in conditions that are unusual, to say the least,” reveals Claes Nilsson.


  • Client: Volvo Trucks
  • Agency: Forsman Bodenfors
  • Director: Jamie Rafn
  • Producer: Ray Leakey
  • Production company: Smuggler
  • Post production: The Mill
  • Sound design: 750
  • Music: Adelphoi
  • Animal handler: Grace Dickinson
  • Precision driver/Stunt coordinator: Seon Rogers
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