Volvo has unveiled a 2400 hp truck to take on world record speed attempts, but is holding back showing of the video of the event until August 24. The Iron Knight is the result of cooperation between technicians, engineers and designers at Volvo Trucks.
August 23 is the date, announced a few weeks back by Scania, for the unveiling of an all new truck model. The timing of the video release appears to be a part of an ongoing public relations tussle between the two Swedish truck makers, over many years.
With the exception of the engine and its series-built I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission, the truck is entirely custom-built. With 2400 hp on tap, the truck will attempt to set new international speed records. The powertrain is based on the same unit fitted in a road-going Volvo FH, but the engine has been pushed to its limits to produce maximum power.
“The Iron Knight is the perfect way to showcase the competence and innovative power of Volvo Trucks, said Claes Nilsson, Executive Vice President Volvo Group and President Volvo Trucks. “At the same time, our aim was to generate new insights into technical and design solutions. The intention is to transfer some of these to our series-produced trucks.”
The engine in the truck is a mid-mounted and significantly modified Volvo D13 unit with water-cooled intercooler and four turbochargers, producing 2400 hp and 6000 Nm of torque. The electric and electronic systems have been scaled down and the software has been re-programmed.
The only adjustment to the gearbox is its reinforced clutch, which is necessary to handle the remarkably high torque.
“The cab is made of fibreglass and designed to cut air resistance to an absolute minimum,” said Nigel Atterbury, Senior Designer at Volvo Trucks. “The side-skirts give the truck an impressive stance with their large air ducts that supply the engine with cooling-air. The Iron Knight has an attractive and powerful design inspired by today’s Volvo FH. You just have to look at the vehicle to realise that this is a truly fast truck. Even when it’s at a standstill it looks like it’s on the move.”