Off the beaten track
Former 500cc Grand Prix motorcycle ace and Australian champion Daryl Beattie made a guest appearance at the launch of the new
Daily 4x4 and was more than happy to voice the virtues of the Eurocargo 4x4 truck he uses for a highly specialised outback adventure business.
Starting ‘Daryl Beattie Adventures’ in 2013, he leads personalised off-road motorcycle tours to some of Australia’s most remote locations.
The ‘mother ship’ for all the tours is the Eurocargo 4x4 carrying all food and water, fuel, first aid equipment and everything imaginable for extensive travel through remote regions.
He makes no secret of the fact that Eurocargo’s winning performance in the Dakar Rally was a significant factor in the decision to buy the Iveco: “It’s no Dakar racer, but I know from personal experience that the lessons of competition make their way into production vehicles.”
Standard features of the truck are a full-time 4x4 system, hub reduction and diff locks front, centre and rear. Power comes from Iveco’s 280hp Tector 5.9-litre engine feeding into a six-speed manual synchromesh transmission.
The highly customised body was built by specialist expedition bodybuilder Unidan Engineering. On board are a 1400-litre polyethylene water tank, four 110-litre Waeco fridge/freezers, a bike storage area with room for two Honda Africa Twins, vast storage areas and supplies for up to 12 riders and the truck’s driver.
On the outside the truck boasts a central tyre inflation system for deflation and reinflation of tyres, a lift crane, heavy-duty rear winch and another winch to load and unload motorcycles, a 3000W inverter, custom BBQ box and stainless steel bench, and heavy-duty gas bottle holders. There’s also a Waeco diesel hot water and outdoor shower system.
According to Daryl, the Eurocargo provided a blank canvas to build an exceptionally capable fit-for-purpose truck.
Above: Top team. Motorcycle ace Daryl Beattie and his Eurocargo 4x4