Its not just in heavy haulage that this new concept comes into its own - Biglorryblog also had the opportunity to drive an 8x4 tipper fully laden ( at weights that would have a DVSA weighbridge operator having fits) that was also fitted with a Turbo Retarder clutch around an off road course that would make most 4x4 cars nervous. on a 20% + incline on wet stone the Turbo Retarder system allowed the fully loaded truck to make the ascents and descents under full control without using the brakes- again allowing the driver to concerntrate on what was going on outside the cabin. For this driver , unused to left hand drive vehicles, it meant he could concerntrate on keeping the vehicle on the challenging track while the truck took care of the business of keeping it moving and under control even over the most difficult of terrains
Look out for a full driving report and the technical details in an upcoming issue of Commercial Motor.
After all this excitement this Biglorryblog editor is off on holiday for a few days and is wondering if he can sneak back to Germany for another go with the simply awesome SLT