With the exception of the engine and its series-built I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission, the new truck – named ‘The Iron Knight’ – is entirely custom-built.
With 2400 bhp under the hood, the truck set new international speed records on August 24. Now officially crowned the world’s fastest truck, it was driven by experienced truck racer Boije Ovebrink, who has previously beaten five speed records and was European Truck Racing Champion in 1994.
With the new truck, Ovebrink managed to beat the existing official speed record in both the 500 m and 1000 m standing-start categories on a closed-off test track in northern Sweden.
“This shows our I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission has enormous potential and it does not let you down under extreme conditions,” said Claes Nilsson, president and CEO of Volvo Trucks. “The fact that the world record-breaker uses the very same gearbox found in our series-built FH trucks is something we’re really proud of.”
With an average speed of 169 kmh (105 mph) and a time of 21.29 seconds, ‘The Iron Knight’ beat the international speed record for 1000 m from a standing start and the corresponding record for the 500 m distance, at 131.29 kmh (81.579 mph) and 13.71 seconds – both being officially recognised by the FIA, the international motor sport association.
“Apart from the Volvo powertrain, which is the heart and soul of ‘The Iron Knight’, we’ve hand-built the truck from the ground up,” said Volvo technician, Olof Johansson. “The fact we succeeded in securing not just one record, but two is absolutely amazing.”
“Volvo Trucks’ ‘The Iron Knight’ can be summarised in one single word: perfection,” said jubilant driver, Boije Ovebrink. “It’s beautiful to look at and is an unparalleled powerhouse when you floor the accelerator. This is the third record-breaking truck I’ve driven and I can’t think of a better follow-up to ‘Wild Viking’ and ‘Mean Green’.”