Volvo's 2,400hp truck breaks speed records

Volvo Trucks has broken two world records in its purpose-built 2,400hp machine. Nicknamed 'The Iron Knight', it smashed records in the 500- and 1,000-metre-standing-start average-speed categories.

In the 500-metre run, the truck managed a top average speed of 131.29km/h (82mph) in 13.71 seconds. In the 1,000-metre run, it managed 169km/h (105mph) in 21.29 seconds.
Although it's not relevant to the actual records, it is interesting to note that the overall top speed the 4.5-tonne truck achieved during testing was a scarcely believable 276km/h (171mph).

The runs took place on an airfield in the north of Sweden with Boije Ovebrink, a former European Truck Racing champion and holder of five other speed records, behind the wheel.

The truck is so incredibly fast thanks to a mid-mounted engine with four turbochargers, a water-cooled intercooler and a slick dual-clutch transmission to slam through gears as quickly as possible.

Imagine if Eddie Stobart had a fleet of these things, your groceries would always be on time...

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