Is the Volvo Iron Knight still the fastest truck in the world?
Volvo Trucks’ The Iron Knight has been the world’s fastest truck – twice. It has beaten the speed record in the standing-start 500- and 1000-metre categories. But this happened in 2016. Is it still the fastest truck in the world?
The record-breaker is custom-built in every respect apart from the engine and the series-manufactured I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission. With 2400 horsepower, 6000 Nm of torque and weighing 4.5 tonnes, The Iron Knight has a power-to-weight ratio above 0.5 hp/kg. With an average speed of 169 km/h (105 mph) and a time of 21.29 seconds, The Iron Knight beat the international speed record for 1000 meters (0,62 miles) from a standing start. It also beat the corresponding record for the 500-metre (0,31 miles) distance, at 131.29 km/h (81.57 mph) and 13.71 seconds. The record run was carried out at a closed-off test track in northern Sweden. At the time of publication, the records are being reviewed by the FIA, the international motorsport association. During the record runs The Iron Knight reached a top speed of 276 km/h (171 mph).
However, ROUSH Performance announced in 2019 that its 2019 ROUSH NITEMARE F-150 4×4 was the quickest production truck ever produced, based on comparison to 0-60 mph production vehicle test data published by leading U.S. automotive magazines as of June 2019.
But how could a 4×4 be compared to a truck?
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