It may be an absolute madness to have a semi truck go against a pure racer, but here it is – Volvo’s Iron Knight going head-to-head with an S60 Polestar.
Volvo Trucks and Volvo Cars have long been separate corporate entities – but fortunately they still have a friendly relationship. This of course doesn’t mean they can’t go out racing each other – and we’re already used to great stunts from the commercial producer. SO, Volvo Trucks came out to play with its 2,400-horsepower (1,790-kilowatt) semi nicknamed the Iron Knight and Volvo Cars with its factory racer S60 Polestar TC1 from the World Touring Car Championship.
Of course, semi trucks aren’t renowned for their speeds – though if you know a little bit about motorsport you already heard about the FIA Truck Racing Championship, which started back in 1985. So the Iron knight could be a great entry in the series with its quad-turbo six-cylinder 12.8-liter diesel engine packing no less than 2,400 hp and an incredible 4,425 pound-feet (5,993 Newton-meters) of torque. And which is why it has record times in its class for 500- and 1,000-meter (1,640- and 3,281-foot) drags.
The wild S60 Polestar TC1 meanwhile has a 1.6-liter version of the Volvo Drive-E engine packing 400 hp (298 kW) and sending them to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. First off we see the pair competing in the standard quarter-mile (402-meter) drag race. But there’s also a wet course for added fun factor – so we’ll let you watch the video to find the winner.