Top power DAF is Barry Proctor’s new flagship truck 07 November 2011

A 510bhp DAF XF105 is the new flagship truck for Stoke-on-Trent haulier Barry Proctor Services, which boasts a 24-strong fleet.

The mid-lift axle FTG XF105 has been equipped with the 12.9-litre MX engine, delivering full power at 1,500-1,900rpm. And with a power-to-weight ratio of 12bhp per tonne, as well as 2,500Nm of torque, that's a mighty package.

As for the rest of the powertrain, the MX has been matched to an AS-tronic 12-speed automated transmission with an engine and exhaust brake adding to safety and reduced wear on the service brakes.

Beyond all that, managing director Barry Proctor points to the DAF Super Space cab, with its air conditioning, automatic temperature control, a fridge, microwave, six-speaker radio/CD player, and a flat screen TV.

Carpets and curtains have been specially made which, together with the wood effect dashboard, complete the luxurious feel of the cab interior.

Externally, the DAF has an array of additional lights and an illuminated name panel by Kelsa. The top mounted roof bar has six spots, with a further four in the grille bar, supplemented by skylights fared into the roofline, fog lights inset into the bumper, and a low bar underneath the bumper.
With side lights, the truck sports 84 LEDs, and the truck completes the glitter with Alcoa Dura-bright alloy wheels on both the tractor and its tri-axle Montracon dropside trailer.

Other contributors to the comprehensive specification include WEP of Wisbech, who fitted the full width catwalk and sideskirts and painted them to match the factory paint finish, and Andy Scott of Sheffield, who was responsible for the airbrush work.

"We run a number of DAFs and have always enjoyed excellent service both from the manufacturer and the supplying dealer, Imperial Commercials," says Proctor.

Brian Tinham

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