The specialist hauliers who move abnormal loads, need abnormal vehicles. Daimler trucks are among the specialist manufacturers. Ian Norwell reports from Alsace. They are a specialised breed, and so the number of trucks available for heavy haulage operators is not vast. In the past, beefier versions of existing trucks were pressed into service, and many compromises had to be made. For Mercedes-Benz, the advent of their Titan in 1996 brought a new level of truck tailored for the function.
The physics of slowing and stopping a heavy commercial vehicle has safety and cost implications. While engines have borne the harsh glare of the legislative spotlight in recent years, braking and stability systems have arguably been making bigger strides in the background. Ian Norwell reports.
Every element in a heavy truck’s drivetrain is being constantly scoured for efficiencies, from piston crown to tyres. We’ve been to the Nürburgring to look at a new engine brake that has real promise. Ian Norwell reports.