Other innovations include: an industry-first prototype aerodynamic cab gap solution, dubbed Aeris, claimed to cut fuel consumption by 5%; and the latest version of its IOSH award-winning ground coupling system.
Don-Bur marketing manager Richard Owens says Aeris is not yet approved by the VCA, but argues that, since the gap between the cab and trailer is widely believed to be responsible for almost a third of vehicle drag, the organisation needs to take it seriously.
Essentially, Aeris is a front bulkhead dome that extends forward automatically at 49mph, where drag becomes critical), virtually filling the cab gap and, according to its simulation studies, cutting drag by 13.5%.
Below 49mph, Aeris quickly and automatically retracts to a position within the standard 2,040mm swing radius to allow full, unhindered articulation.
As for the moving-deck trailer, this cavernous beast achieves its 52-pallet capacity through the use of Don-Bur's 7.5mm thick composite Blade panels. Owens explains that these provide the additional internal width on the lifting deck platform, enabling two UK pallets to be loaded side by side.
Other notable features include an internal step-access ramp, extended rear chassis length, chassis-mounted compression buffers, EcoStream roof profile and ferry specification.
Finally, the latest iteration of Don-Bur's LowGlide ground coupling system is a patented slimline version that requires less componentry and runs on simple, low-friction slides, making it more robust and virtually maintenance free.