Sunday 20th Jan 2019 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Volvo truck beats world speed records


Volvo’s truck ‘The Iron King’ has beaten the world speed record for both 1,000 and 500 metres standing-start categories. The truck had an average speed of 105mph and a time of 21.29 at the 1,000 standing start.

Boije Ovebrink, driver of the 'Iron King'

Boije Ovebrink, driver.

“This shows that our I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission has enormous potential and that it does not let you down under extreme conditions. The fact that the world record-breaker uses the very same gearbox that is found in our series-built FH trucks is something that we’re really proud of,” said Claes Nilsson, president and CEO of Volvo Trucks.

It had an average speed of 81.5mph with a time of 13.71 seconds at the 500 standing start.

Boije Ovebrink was the driver behind the new world record. He has beaten five speed records in the past.