Volvo, it seems, is quite pleased with its new ‘I-Shift’ truck transmission so the Swedish car- and truck-maker was looking for a way to show it off.
So what better way to show the world the wares of the I-Shift than to race it, fitted to the truck, against one of the hottest supercars the world has ever known.
Volvo announced its intentions to do just that earlier this month, and the race has now been run and won.
The Koenigsegg One:1 was the chosen combatant for the supercar team, and with its 1001kW/1371Nm 5.0 litre twin-turbo V8, 1360kg weight and 0-400km/h (yep) time of 20 seconds, it seemed like a ‘no-contest’.
The Volvo FH on the other hand weighs eight tonnes and only has 397kW at its disposal, but trumps the Koenigsegg in the torque department with 2600Nm.
The ‘twist’, if you will, was that the Koenigsegg was tasked with completing two laps of Sweden’s Knutstorp racetrack before the truck could manage one.
Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell was behind the wheel of the Volvo, while Koenigsegg’s official test driver, Robert Serwanski, was driving the One:1.
After some practice laps in the truck, Needell said he was “very comfortable” with the I-Shift and the two vehicles met at the start line.
So, what happened next? Check out the video (top of page) to see who won.