In Volvo Trucks' new film 'Volvo Trucks vs Koenigsegg',
motor racing personality Tiff Needell is
seen driving a Volvo FH. He is pitted 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.
The Koenigsegg One:1 is one of the world's fastest cars that
is capable of 0–400 kmph 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 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 racetrack, 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, in a
press release issued by Volvo.
But why race a truck against a fast car? It’s simple....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, in the release. .
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