Must-See JCVD: Jean-Claude Van Damme Performs “Epic” Splits To Demonstrate Volvo’s Dynamic Steering

To help demonstrate the precision of Volvo’s dynamic steering systems available in its commercial trucks, the Swedish automaker has enlisted the limber talents of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Performing with the determination and skill that could only be mustered by an aging action star with a massive mortgage payment, the short film, entitled “The Epic Split,” opens with Van Damme perched between two Volvo trucks with the horizon in the background. And then it gets interesting.

Wearing a look of peaceful concentration, Van Damme references his past troubles in characteristic Zen-like Franglais over Enya’s “Only Time”. When the lens widens, it delivers what those in in the biz call the “epiphany moment,” revealing that he is balanced precariously atop the side mirrors of two Volvo trucks traveling in reverse. Just when it appears that things couldn’t get any more awesome, the shot goes even wider, the trucks begin to part, and the Muscles from Brussels performs one of his trademark flexibility demonstrations. And in the process, reconfirming his status as the leader in celluloid martial arts, and showcasing a set of groin muscles that would be the envy of everyone in the Detroit Red Wings locker room.

First Drive: 2015 Volvo S60 / V60 / XC60 With New Drive-E Four-Cylinder Engine
Auto Show: Volvo Concept Coupe
Long-Term Road Test Wrap-Up: 2012 Volvo S60 T6 AWD

To achieve such stability, Volvo’s new dynamic steering system employs an electronically controlled electric motor that is adjusted roughly 2000 times a second, creating highly precise steering with minimal driver input. Volvo swears on a stack of umlauts that the stunt is 100-percent real, so we anxiously await rebuttal stunts from Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal.

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