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Will Volvo’s 2400bhp Iron Knight Break the World Speed Record?

We dub thee The Iron Knight

Tractor units and world speed records don’t often go hand in hand… But once again the folks at Volvo have defied convention with their latest experimental truck, The Iron Knight.

Volvo’s team of like-minded, speed-loving lunatics has come together to develop and build a 2400bph truck that is set to, well, set a world speed record. The powertrain is based on the same unit that sits in a road-going Volvo FH, but the engine has been pushed to its limits to produce maximum power.

Amazing mods aiming to smash the world record

Volvo’s experimental truck has been dubbed the Iron Knight, although this name is ever-so-slightly misleading as the cab is actually made entirely out of fiberglass. This clever design should help shed the extra weight required to win the title of the world’s fastest truck.

Engineers have made significant modifications to the D13 turbodiesel engine in order to bump its output up to 2,400 horsepower. The unit is also said to deliver a jaw-dropping 4,425 pound-feet of torque. The list of modifications includes installing four turbochargers, and the addition of a water-cooled intercooler. Surprisingly, the oil-burner’s astonishing amount of power is channeled to the drive wheels via a stock dual-clutch automatic transmission.


Here’s what Claes had to say…

“The Iron Knight is the perfect way to showcase the competence and innovative power of Volvo Trucks. At the same time, our aim was to generate new insights into technical and design solutions. The intention is to transfer some of these to our series-produced trucks,” says Claes Nilsson, President and CEO of Volvo Trucks.

Niklas Oberg, Test Engineer at Volvo Trucks then said “In order to beat a world speed record, you have to have exceptional performance. The I-Shift Dual Clutch is the best possible transmission for the job since it maintains torque on the drive wheel during gear changes, just like a racing car does. Thanks to this The Iron Knight can accelerate without losing vital time during gear changes”


So who will be behind the wheel?

The task of breaking the world record will fall to none other than racing driver Boije Ovebrink. The Iron Knight will take a tilt at the records in two different categories: the 500 and 1000 metres from standstill. Will the one-off big rig earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records?

We’ve not got long to wait until we find out – footage of the attempts will be released on Volvo’s YouTube channel on Wednesday 24th August… Tomorrow! Keep an eye on our social channels @THCUsedTrucks or facebook.com/ThomasHardieUsedVolvoTrucks – where we’ll be sure to share!


23 Aug 2016

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