Volvo presented the Iron Knight, with which they will try to break some speed records, such as the sprint of 1,000 meters and the speed record at 500 meters from a standstill.
The Iron Knight is equipped with a six-cylinder D13 engine of 12,8-liters, that originally produces 540 hp, but after appropriate modifications and four turbos, the yield of the Iron Knight’s engine rises to 2,400 hp and 6.000 Nm of torque!
The engine is located in the center of the frame, behind the cab, and drives the rear wheels through a dual clutch i-Shift gearbox. The clutch has been reinforced to be able to withstand the extra force supplied, while the software in the engine’s ECU has been reprogrammed, with the rest of the transmission system remaining the same.
The rest of the truck is a special construction. The chassis has a racing construction and the cab is entirely made of fiberglass. The aerodynamic design is improved compared with the style of the heavy trucks from Volvo, to achieve a better aerodynamic coefficient and better provision of air in the engine.
Behind the wheel of the Iron Knight will be the Swedish racing driver, Boije Ovebrink. Volvo has a previous record at 1,000 meters with an output speed of 98.7 mph (158,8 km/h), which was achieved with the Wild Viking, a truck of 1600 hp.