It could also have something to do with the bespoke body and aerodynamics, as well as move-a-mountain 4,425 pound-feet (almost 6,000 Newton-meters) of torque.
Last week Volvo Trucks tried to catch us off guard with a surprise announcement about planning to overcome not one but two world speed records in a new prototype – dubbed the ‘The Iron Knight’. We were hardly surprised as we come to expect almost anything from the truck maker who had Van Damme do the splits on backwards riding trucks and allowed a mice to control a quarry machine. Now the envisioned attempts were performed on a former airfield in northern Sweden where the incredible truck was driven by Boije Ovebrink – who again unsurprisingly achieved what he was tasked to do. That is beat the current speed records in the standing-start 500- and 1000-meter rosters.
The Iron Knight is now the record holder in the 500-meter category with a time of 13.71 seconds at an average speed of 131.29 km/h (81.58 mph). Also, it’s the quickest on the 1,000-meter distance trial – done in 21.29 seconds at an average velocity of 169 km/h (105 mph). And if you say such numbers are regularly posted by any hot hatch, how about a truck reaching a top speed of 276 km/h (171.5 mph)? This is mostly thanks to the mid-mounted six-cylinder 12.8-liter engine packing 2,400 horsepower (1,790 kilowatts) and 4,425 pound-feet (5,993 Newton-meters). It also has the I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission – which was pretty much fetched without modifications (save for the ones needed to cope with the new torque figure) from the FH series of trucks.