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Volvo builds 1790kW speed record truck

By Scott Newman, 22 Aug 2016 News

Swedish super truck set to break records

Volvo builds 1790kW speed record truck

Those crazy Swedes. Volvo has released a teaser video ahead of its attempt to break speed records for trucks later this week.

To accomplish this its built a crazy custom-built semi dubbed 'The Iron Knight' powered by a highly modifed version of its D13 turbo diesel engine. In standard form, this produces 373kW/2507Nm however Volvo has boosted this to 1790kW/5996Nm. No, that's not a typo. 

Volvo's last attempt at setting truck speed records was in 2012 with the bybrid 'Mean Green', which managed 153.252km/h over the standing kilometre and 236.577km/h over the flying kilometre, however we suspect The Iron Knight might manage a bit better than that.

Volvo is attempting the record on August 24 and we'll let you know how it goes.