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Volvo Trucks and Volvo Cars are separate companies, but they maintain a friendly relationship. The jovial feelings don’t mean that they can’t stage a race against each other occasionally, though. For its latest stunt, Volvo Trucks challenges its 2,400-horsepower (1,790-kilowatt) big rig known as The Iron Knight against a S60 Polestar TC1 from the World Touring Car Championship.

Semi trucks aren’t known for their speed, but The Iron Knight challenges that notion by heaping massive power into a big rig. Its quad-turbo six-cylinder 12.8-liter diesel engine pumps out an astonishing 4,425 pound-feet (5,993 Newton-meters) of torque. The powerplant provides this beast with enough grunt to set record times in its class for 500- and 1,000-meter (1,640- and 3,281-foot) sprints.

The S60 Polestar TC1 is more conventional but still quite wild. It uses a 1.6-liter version of the mill from Volvo’s Drive-E engine family. The powerplant produces 400 hp (298 kW) and sends the grunt to the front wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

Volvo Trucks starts off by pitting the pair against each other in a quarter-mile (402-meter) drag race. However, a wet course adds another factor to consider before you bet on a winner. Without spoiling which vehicle takes the victory, it’s quite a close finish across the line.

After proving their acceleration, Volvo Trucks lets The Iron Knight and the S60 Polestar loose for a race around Sweden’s Mantorp Park circuit. Unfortunately, the company ensures a close race by giving its product an extra advantage. Rather than letting them race head to head, The Iron Knight gets a lengthy head start before the touring car can commence the chase. Check out the video to see whether the big rig’s artificial lead lets the truck take the checkered flag.

Gallery: Volvo The Iron Knight races S60 Polestar TC1 video

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