The Volvo Iron Knight, is it the fastest truck in the world?

23-08-2016 09:54

Coming soon this August: Volvo are attempting to break the world speed record with their latest creation: ‘The Iron knight’. Volvo have created this truck entirely with speed in mind. We have taken a close look into some of the main features of this truck!

On the 24th of August this year this new creation will attempt to set a new record for speed internationally. This epic attempt will be shown on all of Volvo truck’s social media channels. The team behind the Iron Knight said the project was ‘A tough challenge and a dream project for the technically minded’.

The powertrain is based on the same unit that sits on a normal road- going Volvo FH, however, the engine has been pushed to the limit in order to produce maximum power. With 2400hp, 6000Nm of torque and weighing in at 4.5 tonnes, the Iron Knight has a power to weight ratio above 0.5 hp/kg.

“The Iron Knight is the perfect way to showcase the competence and innovative power of Volvo Trucks. At the same time, our aim was to generate new insights into technical and design solutions. The intention is to transfer some of these to our series-produced trucks,” says Claes Nilsson, President and CEO of Volvo Trucks.

The key facts:

- Other than the reinforced clutch, the Iron Knight uses the same gearbox that is fitted to series- manufactured Volvo FH trucks.

- Mid mounted engine is a significantly modified D13 unit with water- cooled intercoolers and four turbochargers.

- The I-shift transmission maintains torque delivery during gear changes.

- Fibreglass cab is aerodynamically optimised with large air intakes in the side- skirts to supply the engine with cooling air.

- Software had to be re programmed to allow the high performance.

- To lower the vehicles weight, electronics are kept to a minimum.

“In order to beat a world speed record, you have to have exceptional performance. The I-Shift Dual Clutch is the best possible transmission for the job since it maintains torque on the drive wheel during gear changes, just like a racing car does. Thanks to this, The Iron Knight can accelerate without losing vital time during gear changes,” explains Niklas Öberg, Volvo Trucks’ Test Engineer.

This brand new creation from Volvo is a tribute to the Volvo FH, the design is a total tribute to the functionality of this vehicle, every single element involved provided streamlined function. This highly designed truck is nothing but efficient design made to break records.

“The cab is made of fibreglass and designed to cut air resistance to an absolute minimum. The side-skirts give the truck an impressive stance with their large air ducts that supply the engine with cooling-air. ‘The Iron Knight’ has an attractive and powerful design inspired by today’s Volvo FH. You just have to look at the vehicle to realise that this is a truly fast truck. Even when it’s at a standstill it looks like it’s on the move,” says Nigel Atterbury, Senior Designer at Volvo Trucks.

Driving the Iron Knight will be racing driver Boije Ovebrink. Taking on the world record in the two categories 500 and 1000 metres (from a standing start). This is all happening on the 24th of August 2017 and Volvo is broadcasting the events on every social media channel, this includes: YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

So, follow Volvo on Social Media and stay tuned for more news about this record breaking attempt, we will certainly be following this piece of news!

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