What do you get when you take the world’s fastest semi and combine it with a World Touring Car Volvo TC1? A race of vehicles so awesome that this should seriously be a thing. Imagine semi trucks racing touring cars on varied tracks running all over the world.
In this corner weighing in at 4.5 tons, the Iron Knight is fitted with a mid-mounted engine that produces 2,400 horsepower and 4,425 lb-ft of torque. Four turbochargers deliver power through a dual-clutch gearbox that helps keep the Earth rotating when the truck is in motion.
Way back in August 2016, the Iron Knight set two official speed records for trucks. The runs took place over 500- and 1000-meters. It cracked 500 meters (0.31 miles) in just 13.71 seconds and 1000 meters (0.62 miles) in 21.29 seconds.
The runs were carried out at “Skellefteå Drive Center” a former airfield outside Skellefteå in northern Sweden. The speed record was monitored and approved by the international motor sport association, the FIA. The truck covered the distance in both directions. Based on these two runs, the average time and speed were calculated. The record result that the FIA presents is the average speed of the two runs.
Weighing in at just 1,100 kg (2,425 lb) and producing over 400 hp (298 kW) from its 1.6-liter Drive-E engine, the Polestar TC1 will form the base for Volvo’s charge at claiming WTCC glory.
The Polestar TC1, uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine pumping out 400 hp (298 kW), with the red line set at a lofty 8,500 rpm. All that grunt is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.
The whole package sits on MacPherson struts front and rear, and as is the case with Polestar’s road cars, the racing S60 is fitted with adjustable Öhlins dampers. According to Polestar’s Head of Motorsport, Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin:
“Our purpose with this programme is to become World Champions,” Schedvin said, “but this year is about following a specific plan to learn, with high discipline required from the drivers, engineers and the entire team in order for the competitiveness not to take over. “
Something that truly stands out as an advertisement for Volvo the video is a good watch. Man that truck can accelerate.