Volvo is showcasing an innovative FH13.460 8×4 tipper at the biennialHillhead Show, being held near Buxton, Derbyshire from June 26-28.
With this coming September marking the FH range’s 25thanniversary since launch – and as a nod to its heritage – this 460hp model is finished in the original 1993 UK launch colour of ‘Scarlet Red’.
Visitors to the show, which takes place at Hillhead Quarry, will be able to inspect the 8×4 rigid which is fitted with a Wilcox tipping body. The 5,100mm wheelbase chassis is fitted with all-round steel parabolic spring suspension and the twin front axle capacity of 16-tonnes is complemented by a rear bogie capacity of 21 tonnes. Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels provide a smart finishing touch and these are shod with Michelin tyres (XZY- front, X Works- rear.)
Powering the truck is Volvo’s D13K Euro-6 engine rated at 460hp. The straight six, overhead camshaft unit produces its maximum power between 1,400 to 1,800rpm and is backed by 2,300Nm of torque between 900 and 1,400rpm. Behind this is the I-Shift Dual Clutch automated transmission system, which includes a Gearbox Retarder.
The SPO2812 is a 12-speed unit and I-Shift Dual Clutch enables seamless gear changes, using sports car technology that is totally unique in the heavy trucks marketplace. When conditions demand a lot of shifting, this gearbox really comes into its own. In fact, the heavier the transport and the tougher the conditions, the more it will gain. Rounding off the powertrain assembly are RTS2370A single reduction drive axles with a ratio of 3.09:1. The FH is fitted with a 330-litre diesel tank and a plastic Ad Blue reservoir with a capacity of 32 litres.
The flat-roofed FH Sleeper cab provides a comfortable driving environment with minimal effect on potential payload figures. Inside the driver benefits from optional heated and ventilated suspended seat and a swivelling passenger seat for rest periods.
Dynamic Steering is also featured on this tipper, which at low speeds, makes steering effortless and precise, and takes away strain on the driver’s arms and shoulders.
During the last three years Volvo Trucks has launched a full range of innovative new feature and these include the class-leading, driver-friendly, automated 12-speed I-Shift gearbox with crawler gears, which is available for use with the latest Euro-6, 13-litre D13K in the FM, FMX and FH ranges and the 16-litre D16K engines in the FH16 range. This innovation is a world first for a new generation automated gearbox in a truck. With the new crawler gears, the truck can drive at speeds as low as 0.5-2 km/h, which helps the driver and overall safety during precision manoeuvring when working on construction and Heavy Haulage duties. Alternatively, it is now possible to specify two reverse crawler gears to facilitate, precision slow speed manoeuvring at high gross weights.
Another option is the Volvo Tandem Axle Lift, which makes it possible for the driver to disengage and raise the second driven axle on a double-drive configuration truck while the truck is stationary and unloaded. This aids manoeuvrability and provides the possibility of reducing fuel consumption when the truck is driven unloaded. Driving with the second driven axle raised decreases the turning circle by approximately one metre, thus again improving manoeuvrability and reducing tyre-wear.