October 15 - UK based Nick Sampson Mechanical Engineering says that its new Mercedes-Benz Arocs heavy haulage tractor unit is "proving to be a highly flexible, cost-effective addition to its fleet".

The 155-tonne Arocs 3363S was supplied by dealer City West Commercials in October 2014, and has been busy with a contract that involves transporting fabricated sections and components for the new Royal Navy aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, from Babcock's Appledore facilities in Devon to Scotland.

Mercedes-Benz says that the all-steel sprung double-drive unit is 'exceptionally robust' due to its high-strength, reinforced frame. The vehicle also features a 16-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated transmission and Turbo Retarder Clutch, and is capable of handling and delivering some 3,000 Nm of torque.

"The truck is not on heavy duties every day and given the diverse nature of our work the versatile turbo clutch suits us very well," said company owner Nick Sampson.

"It certainly contributes to economy by offering the fuel efficiency of a conventional clutch for normal operations, but also delivers the performance of a torque converter for when we need to pull a piece of construction equipment at 70 or 80 tonnes up a steep bank."