Watch Volvo’s 2,400-HP “Iron Knight” Truck Race a Volvo S60 Polestar Race Car
It's a battle between two very different ways to do 0-60 in about 4.6 seconds.
We won’t lie—when Volvo pulled the proverbial wrapping off its custom-built speed truck dubbed “The Iron Knight” back in August, we we a little smitten. It’s a fiberglass-bodied semi tractor with a quad-turbocharged 13.0-liter diesel engine that makes 2,400 horsepower and 4,425 pound-feet of torque; launched from a dead stop, it can be a kilometer away in a little more than 21 seconds. It’s roughly the size of a small house, yet it goes from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds. How could we not love this thing?
Luckily for us, it seems Volvo wasn’t planning on putting The Iron Knight out to pasture after a couple of world records. In fact, the automaker seems intent on continuing to show off just what this massive truck is capable of doing. The proof? Well, this little video, in which Volvo stacks the Iron Knight up against the company’s own S60 Polestar TC1 race car.
The truck-on-race car challenge pits the two Swedish speedsters against one another in a pair of challenges: a drag race, and a showdown on the circuit at Mantorp Park. The S60 Polestar TC1 is coming fresh off its win in the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Shanghai, China; with 400 horses and 347 lb.-ft. flowing out of its turbocharged inline-four, it’s significantly down on power compared with its big cousin...but the Polestar also happens to benefit from significantly less mass to haul around, so it does the 0-to-62 dash in the exact same time.
Diesel versus gas. Truck versus car. Volvo versus Volvo. Which one winds up reigning supreme? You know you want to find out.