A Volvo Trucks customer for more than 20 years, Safepac is currently the UK’s biggest user of Volvo’s dual clutch in its fleet of FH tractors.
The company’s preferred specification sees 6x2 tractor unit chassis specified with the Globetrotter XL cab, 500bhp D13K engine and I-Shift Dual Clutch.
“We’ve found that our I-Shift dual clutch-equipped FHs are delivering improved fuel economy figures thanks to the preselected gears delivering no engine rev loss between ratio changes,” says Nick Pearson, director.
“This gain appears to be at its most apparent above sixth gear, where the truck is cruising along, regularly switching ratios when adapting to variations in topography. All in all, I’m very happy with I-Shift dual clutch.”
Volvo’s I-Shift Dual Clutch consists of a 12-speed splitter and range change gearbox with an automated gear-changing system and a dual clutch for rapid, seamless and comfortable power shifting. I-Shift Dual Clutch can also be fitted with a compact retarder, PTO, emergency power steering pump and oil cooler.
Volvo Trucks predominate in Safepac’s 48-strong fleet, which includes a left-hand-drive FH drawbar combination, used for continental removals, and a double-drive FH tractor deployed on 80-tonne STGO jobs.