Volvo Claims Title of World’s Fastest Truck From…Itself
“The Iron Knight” Breaks One-Kilometer Acceleration Record
Back in 2012, truck racer Boije Ovebrink set a world record in a Volvo truck for the fastest standing start through 1,000 meters. The truck he was driving, a lime-colored diesel-electric hybrid nicknamed Mean Green, crossed the finish line at the end of the kilometer-long track in 21.596 seconds (an average time of two different runs). Keen to beat his own time (and with Volvo building him an even lighter, more powerful truck), Ovebrink set himself up at a closed-off test track in Sweden and got to work. Note: Volvo is calling this the world's fastest truck, but the term "quickest" might be more appropriate.
The Iron Knight, a custom-built Volvo truck featuring a 13.0L I-6 diesel engine and I-Shift dual-clutch automated transmission, is an incredible 1,000 kilograms (or 2,200 pounds) lighter than Mean Green. Not only that, but its engine is more powerful as well, producing 2,400 hp and 4,425 lb-ft of torque. With a 0-60 time of just 4.6 seconds, the Iron Knight has the stones to embarrass many modern sports cars. But would it be capable of setting high-speed records as well? The video embedded below should tell you everything you need to know.
We won’t spoil the surprise for you, but one fact deserves repeating: Over the 1-km distance, the Volvo Iron Knight hit a top speed of more than 171 mph. And most impressively, the engine and gearbox are derived from the same units found in modern Volvo tractor-trailers, including the U.S.-market VNL Series.
Source: Volvo Trucks, via YouTube