44-ton truck tractors staged a straight line raceOctober 31, 2020
Bloggers compared the characteristics of trucks in an unusual test
Carwow’s YouTube channel ran a race between 44-ton Mercedes-Benz and Scania tractors. Observers assessed the dynamics of trucks without a trailer in a 402-meter drag race, then compared loaded trucks at the same distance, arranged a series of “on-the-fly” races and evaluated the braking efficiency of the road trains.
For the races, cabover diesel truck tractors with rear wheel drive, 12-speed automatic transmission and a standard cab were chosen. Both trucks are equipped with an auxiliary idler axle.
The Mercedes-Benz Actros is powered by a 10.7-liter 480-horsepower (2200 Nm) six-cylinder OM470 turbo engine. The top version of the Scania R500 has a 13.0-liter 500-horsepower (2550 Nm) six-cylinder turbo engine.
Although the Mercedes-Benz and Scania trucks differed in their original characteristics, the duel was spectacular, and at a distance of a quarter mile the rivals were separated by 0.1 seconds. Arrivals of vehicles with a curb weight of 44 tons were also interesting, although bloggers had not previously filmed such a slow drag.
For carwow observers, drag on tractors was not the first experience of comparing commercial vehicles using “supercars” patterns – six months ago, the channel showed a race of four light all-metal vans.
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