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World’s fastest truck breaks speed records

30 August 2016

Volvo Trucks' The Iron Knight, driven by Boije Ovebrink, now holds the official speed records for the 500 and 1000m distances, beating the international record.

Volvo Trucks’ The Iron Knight (Credit: Volvo Trucks)

During their work on the truck, an expert team from Volvo Trucks found innovative ways of uniting technology with design. 

"This shows that our I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission has enormous potential and that it does not let you down under extreme conditions. The fact that the world record-breaker uses the very same gearbox that is found in our series-built FH trucks is something that we're really proud of," says Claes Nilsson, President and CEO of Volvo Trucks.

With an average speed of 169km/h and a time of 21.29 seconds, The Iron Knight beat the international speed record for 1000m from a standing start. It also beat the corresponding record for the 500m distance, at 131.29km/h and 13.71 seconds. The record run was carried out at a closed-off test track in northern Sweden. At the time of publication, the records are being reviewed by the FIA, the international motor sport association.

"Specialists from several different Volvo Trucks departments worked closely together to develop a truck with unsurpassed performance. Apart from Volvo Trucks' powertrain, which is the heart and soul of The Iron Knight, we've hand-built the truck from the ground up. The fact that we succeeded in securing not just one record but two is absolutely amazing," says Olof Johansson, a technician at Volvo Trucks.

Video courtesy of Volvo Trucks.


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