Since we saw that Van Damme and mouse driving truck virals on the Internet we have come to expect anything from the Swedes at Volvo Trucks – so no chance in hell this “Iron Knight” caught us off guard.
Looking awesome – and kicking ass with its Game of Thrones name – this 2400 horsepower truck is Volvo’s statement that world speed records have been established to get broken. The Iron Knight has a six-cylinder, 12.8-liter D13 engine coming courtesy of the FH range of heavy haulers, which is great in regular form because it already packs 540 hp. For The Iron Knight’s use it has been heavily upgraded thanks to the addition of four turbos – so it has 2400 hp and a sun-breathing 4425 pound-feet of torque. The engine has been placed smack in the middle of the truck, just behind the cab, and is linked to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch i-Shift transmission, with the clutches upgraded to heavy duty units. There’s also a software tweak to make sure all that power is put to good use but the company says the rest is pretty much stock within the gearbox.
Now that doesn’t go for the rest of the truck – which is pretty much unique. The Iron Knight has a racer’s chassis, an entirely fiberglass cab and the design is inspired by the FH but with all the aero optimizations one can think off. Volvo is looking to set new times in the standing-start 500 meter and 1000 meter sprint records with Swedish truck racer Boije Ovebrink manning the beast. The brand has experience in such achievements – it holds the 1000 meter record at 98.7 miles-per-hour with the 1600 hp Wild Viking truck.