The new-build high-tech horsebox is built on a Volvo FH-460 6x2 chassis with the industry-leading D13K 12.8-litre Euro 6-compliant engine, boasting 460hp (338kW) and 2,300Nm peak torque, and the award-winning 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission. Transport Solutions Executive Ian McLean delivered the truck from the Carlisle dealerpoint of Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland supplied the FH-460 to Wicks Group with a two-year warranty.
To assist maximum performance levels and deliver a smooth dynamic acceleration from the driveline, the new arrival is fitted with Volvo's I-Shift Dual Clutch - the first transmission system of its kind for heavy trucks. I-Shift Dual Clutch creates a relaxing environment for horses and ponies when travelling to events, as it removes any lurching effects when between gears, something that occurred in the outgoing two-axle 16-tonne manual truck.
For added style and comfort, Volvo Trucks removed the bunks in the Globetrotter XL Cab and added two extra seats for passengers, before the chassis-cab went to Oakley Coachbuilders in Ware, Hertfordshire. There it was fitted with the Supremacy horsebox body, which includes a kitchenette, shower, three double beds and satellite TV.
Volvo Trucks are a mainstay in the Wicks Group 20-strong mixed vehicle fleet, which ranges from 18 to 44 tonne gross vehicle weights.