Farm Ireland

Friday 23 March 2018

JCB launches two high-speed Fastrac models powered by SISU engines in new surprise move

JCB used Cereals in the UK as a launch platform for two new heavy draft, high-speed Fastrac models at the upper end of the Fastrac range. The 306hp 8310 is their new flagship model and slotting in under this is the 279hp 8280 which replaces the outgoing 8250.

The big surprise at the event was their change of engine supplier from Cummins to SISU. With Cummins utilising cooled exhaust gas recirculation and diesel particulate filter technology as a means of meeting the current exhaust emission regulations, JCB's shift to an engine supplier using SCR clearly indicates which system the firm is pinning their flag to.

Already a user of the Fendt or AGCO vario transmission in their Fastracs, the firm has stepped further into the AGCO store by securing a supply of the Finnish made SISU (Valtra) engines for use in their Fastracs. Richard Fox-Marrs, managing director of JCB agriculture, said that stricter engine legislation should not result in compromised performance.

"The key is choosing the right Stage IIIB/ Tier 4i solution to suit the product," he said.

JCB say that both new models retain the unique Fastrac features of full suspension, a chassis designed for strength and load carrying ability, braking and safety, high road speeds of up to 70kph, equal weight distribution and a high level of cab comfort including noise levels reduced by 5dBA in the cab with new engines.

New is JCB's 'active traction' system to detect wheel slip and adapt engine revs to the situation. Road cruise control, according to JCB, reduces operator input effort, at speeds between 20kph and 70kph. On the road, a new pivoting front fender design minimises spray and debris on the bodywork, while a revised suspension geometry ensures a more responsive feel and greater control at speed according to JCB. The firm retains the mechanical linkage in the steering system as is the norm on a vehicle capable of its speed and incorporates a new, patented GPS autosteer system for field work.

In the field, the JCB 'one touch' headland management system through a new touch screen has extra features such as distance-based delay and GPS activation. Improving access for daily checks, the panniers and cooling pack have been redesigned.

In the cab, a rear camera option aids rear and towing hitch visibility. For operator comfort, the new models are fitted with solar glass, high output air conditioning and a new heater system.

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List prices in the UK are £149,380 + VAT for the 8280 and £153,205 + VAT for the 8310.

Bruce Lett

Indo Farming