Con­dor’s come­up­pance

You can’t just have axles ly­ing around

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels -

16,500kg to 23,500kg. Thanks to a larger air com­pres­sor, the gross com­bi­na­tion mass (GCM) of the truck, trailer and load in­creases 26,000kg for the six-speed man­ual and 32,000kg for the nine-speed man­ual and au­to­matic mod­els.

The new lazy axle kit, which is fit­ted by Aus­tralia’s 36UD deal­ers, main­tains the Wabco anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem of the stan­dard truck. The Hen­drick­son air sus­pen­sion is also re­tained.

This sets the rig up to gain Road Friendly com­pli­ance, which al­lows it to op­er­ate on more routes.

UD pre­viewed the lazy axle at the In­ter­na­tional Truck Trailer and Equip­ment Show in Mel­bourne in March and says the pos­i­tive feed­back from cus­tomers mo­ti­vated it to bring the kit to mar­ket.

It says cus­tomers are keen for a fac­tory-de­vel­oped kit be­cause lo­cal sup­pli­ers had been un­able to come up with a way to de­velop a lazy axle sys­tem for the Con­dor due to its ta­per roller brak­ing sys­tem.

The Con­dor range in­tro­duced a new cabin, a 22 per cent stronger chas­sis and a fresh 7.0-litre ECO Fleet six­cylin­der engine run­ning Se­lec­tive Cat­alytic Re­duc­tion emis­sions con­trol sys­tem.

The new engine boosted power by up to 6 per cent and torque by up to 13 per cent. The strong­est engine in the line-up de­vel­ops 206kW and 883Nm.

Lift-off: Lazy axle kit gives the Con­dor greater load ca­pac­ity

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