Volvo takes on Koenigsegg

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In Volvo Trucks’ new film ‘Volvo Trucks vs Koenigsegg’, mo­tor rac­ing per­son­al­ity Tiff Needell drives a Volvo FH against one of the world’s fastest sports cars – a Koenigsegg One:1. The aim is to put the new I-Shift Dual Clutch gear­box, based on a tech­nique used in sports cars, to the ul­ti­mate test.

Be­side a Volvo FH – de­signed for long heavy trans­port as­sign­ments, stands a Koenigsegg One:1 – one of the world’s fastest cars that is ca­pa­ble of 0–400 km/h in less than 20 seconds.

Be­hind the wheel of the truck sits the ex­pe­ri­enced mo­tor rac­ing per­son­al­ity Tiff Needell, who nor­mally presents the Bri­tish mo­tor­ing pro­gramme Fifth Gear. In a few seconds, the two ve­hi­cles will come up against each other on the Knut­storp race cir­cuit in south­ern Swe­den, a track known for its hills and sharp curves.

To stand a fair chance, the Volvo FH re­ceived a mi­nor hand­i­cap – the truck will drive one lap while the Koenigsegg drives two. De­spite this, the con­clu­sion is still un­pre­dictable.

“Be­ing a rac­ing driver, you’re never afraid. You are al­ways con­fi­dent in your ma­chin­ery. I was a bit ap­pre­hen­sive about driv­ing a truck on a race track, since I’d never done it be­fore. How­ever, after I had driven it for a while I be­gan to have full con­fi­dence in the Volvo,” says Tiff Needell.

The decision to chal­lenge a rac­ing car with a truck is no co­in­ci­dence. The newly launched trans­mis­sion in the Volvo FH – the I-Shift Dual Clutch – is based on a tech­nique used in sports cars.

“Match­ing a Volvo FH against Koenigsegg One:1 was a great chal­lenge, to see if our new gear­box de­liv­ers what it prom­ises in terms of drive­abil­ity,” says Per Nils­son, PR di­rec­tor at Volvo Trucks.

With­out re­veal­ing the re­sults, Tiff Needell ad­mits he was im­pressed by the per­for­mance of the truck.

“I-Shift Dual Clutch is ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble. It is par­tic­u­larly no­tice­able on slopes, the truck does not hold back – it just flows smoothly, with­out the gear changes be­ing felt. When you brake, it switches down very softly and com­fort­ably. The truck def­i­nitely has the heart of a sports car,” says Tiff Needell.

At Koenigsegg, they had no hes­i­ta­tions in tak­ing up the chal­lenge from Volvo Trucks.

“We are al­ways open to an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge. At the same time, it was par­tic­u­larly fun to race against a Volvo truck, be­cause we have much more in common than just hav­ing sports car tech­nol­ogy in our ve­hi­cles.

We are two Swedish pre­mium brands that are both at the fore­front of our dif­fer­ent seg­ments,” says Christian von Koenigsegg, founder and CEO of Koenigsegg.

You can see how it went at http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=PlFiKo64kQw&fe ature=youtu.be.

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