August 25, 2016 @ 03:40 PM

​Iron Knight breaks a new world record

Volvo's hand built truck just broke two world records!


No, we’re not talking about the manga, we’re talking about the Volvo Truck that just broke the official speed record for the 500-1000m categories.

Out in Northern Sweden, where a former airfield outside Skelleftea was transformed into a driving centre, a group of technicians along with personnel of the international motor sport association, the FIA, gathered together to witness the truck, nicknamed Iron Knight, break the speed record that Volvo Truck’s old Mean Green used to hold.

This isn’t the first time that Volvo Trucks has broken this record. The first time was in 2007 where the Wild Viking that churns out 1600bhp beat the world record for the 0-1000m standing start category with an average speed of 158.8kph. The second time Volvo broke the same record was with the NH D16 with an average speed of 166.7kph in 2010.


The record breaking spree continued in 2011 where Volvo deployed a hybrid truck known as the Mean Green, equipped with a 1800bhp diesel engine and a 300bhp electric motor, to set the record for 0-500 and 0-1000m from standing start with an average speed of 115.3kph and 152.2kph respectively. Mean Green also went on to take the 1000m flying-start category in 2012 with a recorded speed of 236.6kph!

Now it is Iron Knight’s turn. Capable of 2400bhp and 6000Nm of torque, Iron Knight’s D13 unit has a power to weight ratio of 0.5bhp/kg and is equipped with a water cool intercooler with four turbochargers. Yes, FOUR.


The truck utilises Volvo’s new I-Shift Dual Clutch Transmission that maintains torque delivery during gear changes. The clutch in the gearbox has been reinforced at the discs and pressure plates using a type of sintered material. All the usual electronics on the usual Volvo Trucks are kept to a minimum in Iron Knight while software inside the truck has been re-programmed for high performance.

Fibre glass is used in the cab to give Iron Knight an aerodynamic twist while the side skirts have large air intakes to provide the engine with more cooling power. With all these installed in the truck, Iron Knight is capable of a top speed of 276kp.


Iron Knight broke both the 500m and 1000m record back to back from each other. The FIA recorded a top average speed of 169kph and a time of 21.29 seconds for the 1000m from standing start category. Then Iron Knight made a U-turn at the end of the track and proceeded to break the 500m from standing start record with an average speed of 131.29kph and 13.71 seconds.

If you’re thinking of purchasing an Iron Knight for yourself that you will be disappointed. A selection of specialists from each department of Volvo Trucks built the truck from the ground up to make sure it has performance that nobody has seen before. Only the powertrain and the I-Shift Dual Clutch Transmission can be found on your normal average truck.

“The fact that we succeeded in securing not just one record but two is absolutely amazing,” says Olof Johansson, a technician at Volvo Trucks.


Piloting Iron Knight was Boije Ovebrink, the same man who drove Mean Green to break its world record in 2011 and has a more than 30 years in both car and truck racing. He has previously beaten five speed records and was the European Truck Racing Champion back in 1994.

“Volvo Trucks’ The Iron Knight can be summarised in one single word: perfection. It’s beautiful to look at and is an unparalleled powerhouse when you floor the accelerator. 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,” says Boije Ovebrink.

Watch the video below to see how the Volvo Truck team broke the record.

Jerrica Leong 

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