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Fontaine ‘Couples Up’ to Mercedes & Dunlop

Racing tyre specialist Dunlop Motorsport recently specified 15 Actros 1842 BigSpace tractor units from Mercedes-Benz dealer, Midlands Truck & Van.

The tractors are fitted with Fontaine 150 SP fifth wheels, with sliders. These are designed to increase safety by eliminating the potential for mis-coupling and dropping trailers – each features the Fontaine Techlock system, which prevents the hooking mechanism from locking if the trailer’s kingpin is too high. The fifth wheels can accommodate various trailer heights.

The New Actros units are transporting specialist car and motorcycle racing tyres from Dunlop Motorsport’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Birmingham to iconic events such as the Isle of Man TT and 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as to rounds of the MotoGP, FIA World Endurance and British Touring Car championships, and other leading motor sport competitions.

Dunlop also supplies tyres for Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 racers at the Nürburgring 24 hours and VLN Endurance Championship races, held at the famed Nordschleife circuit in Germany.

The tractor units are fitted with Dunlop SP344s on the steering axle and SP444s on the drive wheels, which are designed to improve fuel efficiency and provide outstanding traction in all weathers – just like the race tyres they carry.

As the European arm of the largest fifth Wheel manufacturer in the world Fontaine Fifth Wheel provide a wide range of specialist fifth wheel and trailer coupling solutions that are produced to the highest standards certified to QS900 and accredited to ISO/TS 16949, ISO 9001, ISO 14001.

Fontaine Fifth Wheel is the European division of Fontaine International Inc, the largest fifth Wheel manufacturer in the world. Fontaine Fifth Wheel has its corporate headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama in the United States. It is a member of the Marmon Highway Technologies Company which supports the transportation industry the world over with a wide range of high quality products and services.

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