TATRA’S EIGHT-WHEEL DRIVE tipper was certainly an imposing exhibit and attracted plenty of wide-eyed visitors.
But who is Tatra and what exactly was that truck at the Brisbane Truck Show?
Tatra hails from the Czech Republic, has been producing trucks in one form or another for more than 100 years, and, for the majority of those years, has specialised in heavy-duty offroad models.
At the core of the design is a unique single-tube chassis from which sprout independently suspended, swinging driven half-axles.
The Australian distributor for 20 years is the family-owned Offroad Trucks Australia based in Perth, which has obviously enough found plenty of opportunities for Tatra in the WA mining industry and beyond.
There are three distinct models in the range and, as the flagship Phoenix model in Brisbane showed, the specification has a strong connection to Paccar.
Power, for example, comes from an MX 13 engine rated up to 510hp (380kW) and the cab which comes in day, sleeper and crew-cab forms is derived from DAF.
The Phoenix ranges from 4x4 right up to 12x12 configurations driving through ZF or Allison transmissions. Impressive, from any angle.