Commercial vehicles don't take active participation when it comes to breaking insane records or doing weird and cool things. But there's one exception of Volvo trucks, who is known for doing strange things with its semi trucks. The last time Volvo decided to do something crazy, they raced against a Koenigsegg on a track (and lost). Before this also, they handed the control of a dump truck to a four-year-old, talk of insanity!
In their latest attempt, Volvo teased a video of breaking its own speed record earlier this month, and now, they have officially accomplished the feat. A truck called Iron Knight was commissioned to break their previous speed records for the 500 and 1000 metre runs, along with achieving a new top speed. And Volvo did rather successfully in their 13-litre custom built semi truck.
The 13-litre mid-mounted D13 engine powered Iron Knight produced 2400 horses and 6000 Nm of massive torque to achieve the record. The 500-metre sprint was completed in 13.71 seconds with an average speed of 131 kmph and the 1000-metre dash was completed in 21.29 seconds with an average speed of 169 kmph. The top speed attained during the record run stood at an impressive 275 kmph.
The record setting Iron Knight was piloted by truck racing driver Boije Ovebrink, who was also on the wheels of the previous record setting attempt. Completed on Volvo Trucks' Mean Green hybrid in 2012, the previous attempt is shattered by the Iron Knight, which is 600 horsepower more than the Green hybrid and is also at least 1100 kg lighter.
To complete the record, Boije had to complete two passes for both the 500- and 1000-meter runs. Once the 1st run is completed Ovebrink had to drive the truck for the same distance in the opposite direction within an hour. The latest run by Ovebrink proved to be his best and broke his own previous speed record with the Mean Green.
The Volvo Iron Knight was made to break all the records and not just its own and there was never a doubt of it. The question was, though, how fast the Iron Knight could go and set a benchmark for the competitors. The folks at Volvo Trucks clearly have a fun side to them and apart from the serious engineering they do, they are also inclined in doing fun stuff like this and we hope it never subsides.