The Volvo ‘Iron Knight’ is the fastest truck in the world

Volvo Trucks has beaten itself to set a new double truck land speed record. The ‘Iron Knight’ is officially the fastest truck in the world, holding new records for the 500m and 1,000m distances.

The record-breaking runs took place at ‘Skellefteå Drive Center’ in northern Sweden, a former airfield turned test track that offers a suitably flat surface, with a 1,000m track marked out. The 13-litre, 2,400bhp, 4,400lb-ft truck covered the distance in both directions, with the FIA taking an average time and speed calculated from the two.

Boije Ovebrink was the driver selected, a man with over 30 years’ experience in car and truck racing – he has previously beaten five speed records. Boije drove the incredible ‘Iron Knight’ to success, smashing the ‘Mean Green’ Volvo Truck’s records. The ‘Iron Knight’ reached an average speed of 169km/h, covering 1,000m in just 21.29 seconds from a standing start. The record for the 500-metre distance was broken at 131.29km/h in an unbelievable 13.71 seconds.

Ovebrink said: ‘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’. Watch the record-breaking drive right here.

But the ‘Iron Knight’ isn’t just any truck – it’s custom-built from top to bottom, except for its engine and series-manufactured I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission. ‘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.

Olof Johansson, technician at Volvo Trucks, further commented: ‘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.’

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