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Volvo Trucks has claimed two world records for its 2,400 hp 'The Iron Knight', beating the previous records in the 500 and 1000 meter standing-start categories.

On its 500 meter run at a test track in Northern Sweden, The Iron Knight managed to reach a top average speed of 131.29 km/h in just 13.71 seconds. Meanwhile in the 1000 meter standing start, it topped out at an average of 169 km/h in a time of 21.29 seconds.

Piloting the 4.5 tonne behemoth was Boije Ovebrink, a man who in 1994 was European Truck Racing Champion and is the holder of five previous speed records. While Volvo wasn't chasing an outright top speed record, The Iron Knight did reach a top speed of 276 km/h throughout its gruelling testing regime.

Helping to make the truck so fast is its 2,400 hp and 6,000 Nm of torque developed courtesy of a mid-mounted engine with four turbochargers and a water-cooled intercooler. A slick-shifting dual clutch transmission drives power through the rear wheels.

According to Volvo Trucks technician Olof Johansson, “Specialists from several different Volvo Trucks departments worked closely together to develop a truck with unsurpassed performance. Apart from Volvo Trucks' powertrain, which is the heart and soul of The Iron Knight, we've hand-built the truck from the ground up. The fact that we succeeded in securing not just one record but two is absolutely amazing.”

Scania launches new trucks of R and S series

Scania launches new trucks of R and S series

Two eagerly anticipated new Scania models have been revealed, heralding a generation of more efficient and spacious trucks from the manufacturer. New R and S models were unveiled in Paris, with the S truck said to be up to 5% more efficient than the manufacturer’s most recently launched product, the Streamline in 2013.

The trucks have been designed to provide enhanced aerodynamic performance, and following years of testing Scania believes they will be the most aerodynamic trucks on the market. There are new engines, with greater efficiency, and a redesigned cab, providing more space for the driver.

A range of new drag-reduction features appear in the S-series, now the largest truck in the range, with three adjustable air deflectors to improve the alignment between the cab and the trailer roof, as well as new smaller gaps between the lights and other external components.

The windscreen has been mounted flush to the cab and there are integrated auxiliary lights and end-marker lamps placed above the windscreen. The rear-view mirrors have also been redesigned to optimise airflow and create less drag. The R-series adopts the same principles on its slightly smaller frame.

The full engine line-up will see power outputs from 410hp to 730hp, with the redeveloped powertrains getting new fuel injectors, revised combustion chambers and a reconfigured cooling system, all of which have been tested over more than 10 million km during the development process.

Three models will be SCR-only (410hp, 450hp and 500hp) with the new 13-litre 500hp unit a new engine. The 15.6-litre V8s will continue with the same power ouputs found in the current R-series with 520hp, 580hp and 730hp, all using a combination of EGR and SCR.

The additional space means the interior has been totally overhauled, with more room for the driver thanks to a new seating position, as well as more storage and greater visibility.

Scania said the trucks had been under development for 10 years, at a cost of more than SEK20bn (£1.8bn) and promised that its customers will be able to “carry out their work in the most sustainable and profitable way, regardless of industry and area of application”.

Scania will continue to sell its current range of P-, G- and R-series trucks while production of the new models ramps up and the new designs and technology are transferred and launched in the other models. 

Tonar made a 130-tonnes road train for diamond mining company

Tonar made a 130-tonnes road train for diamond mining company

Moscow company "Tonar", involved in production of trailers and trucks, developed a tipper road train with a load capacity of 130 tonnes. The road train consisted of a tractor and semitrailer, was ordered by a diamond mining company "ALROSA". It is designed to transport ore from a mine to processing plant (the distance is up to 170 km).

The road train is able to work only on technological roads, not on public roads. The tractor Tonar 45252 is similar to Australian trucks according to its design. It had a solid welded frame, front suspension with a pneumo-elastic elements, back suspension with elastic elements and torque rods. The axles were made by a Chinese company Hande. The engine is a six-cylinder Cummins QSK19 diesel (18.9 liters, 600 hp). Torque transmitted to the rear wheels through an Allison automatic gearbox.

The semitrailer Tonar-95405 has a side discharge, and is designed to carry up to 70 cubic meters of bulk cargo. Payload is 130 tonnes. Tonar made the only prototype right now and sent it to tests.

The first photo of a new FAW J7 tractor

The first photo of a new FAW J7 tractor

Chinese website 360che.com published the first photo of a new FAW J7 tractor. The official index of the 6x4 tractor, which you see in the picture - CA4250P77K25T1E5. The cabin had a modern design with spectacular lights and trapezoidal grille. The new model will be equipped with a choice of 11-liter engine CA6DM2 rated at 420 or 460 hp; or 13-liter 500 hp CA6DM3. We expected another version with 550 hp engine.

Chinese based company Dayun made a fully electric delivery van 土豪金 (Tyrant Gold)

Chinese based company Dayun made a fully electric delivery van 土豪金 (Tyrant Gold)

The Chinese based company Dayun Motors released photos of an unusual electric city van with extravagant and even stylish appearance. Its features by headlights of complex trapezoidal shape and a "sporty" front bumper. It is equipped with an electric motor with maximum output of 30 kW, which is powered by lithium batteries. Maximum speed - 105 km / h. Overall dimensions - 5900x2000x2840 mm. Wheelbase - 3650 mm. Curb weight - 3250 kg.

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