The UK’s first right-hand-drive version of MAN’s V8-engined TGX 41.680 8×4 tractor unit has gone into service with Leicester Heavy Haulage. MAN’s top-powered 680hp truck is plated at 250 tonnes GCW for the Coalville-based haulier, and comes with factory-fitted torque converter and hydraulic power-pack for modular trailer functions. The delivery coincides with the company’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
MAN was selected after it emerged the Munich marque was the only manufacturer able to meet Leicester Heavy Haulage’s exacting specification; a specification which, crucially, includes compatibility with the company’s highly specialised trailers.
"The new MAN is the ideal truck for a variety of jobs," said company director, Gary Rodwell, "we can use it as an artic or a ballasted tractor unit. We are delighted with it, and our drivers in particular have described it as ‘awesome’."
He added, "Some of our existing fleet have struggled on power, but with 680 hp on tap, a torque converter and the MAN TipMatic auto-box, the MAN TGX is making light-work of the heavy jobs"
The TGX 41.680 8×4 hit the road on September 1st following an MAN-managed driver instruction day for three Leicester Heavy Haulage drivers and the company’s workshop manager. "It was a constructive day," said Gary Rodwell, " feedback from all concerned has been very positive."
Leicester Heavy Haulage currently has 18 trucks on its fleet, alongside some 45 trailers including Nooteboom and maximum weight Scheuerle multi-axle equipment.
Now in its 40th year of business, Leicester Heavy Haulage started life in 1971 with a single vehicle and trailer, and has since grown into a highly respected specialist transporter of abnormal loads including engineering and construction plant, fabrications and equipment for the energy, oil & gas industries.