Freightliner Racing has revealed a new-look for its 2016 race transporter.
The Argosy B-double’s new exterior design has been developed in concert with a new livery for the number 14 race car to be driven by Tim Slade in this year’s V8 Supercar Championship that starts in Adelaide on March 5.
Instead of painting the truck and trailer set, sign-writers used giant vinyl wrap panels which allows for pin-sharp graphic designs. The Argosy double carries Slade’s Freightliner Racing car and Jason Bright’s Team BOC car, as well as a full range of spares, tools and other items.
“We carry everything that we need to run the race team, which doesn’t just mean all the parts and tools for the car, but things like the floors walls for the pit garage and all the catering equipment,” says transporter driver, Paul ‘Stax’ Eddy.
He says the Argosy runs about five tonnes shy of its 62.5 tonne maximum weight. “It’s absolutely chock full once we get everything in there for a race meeting,” Eddy says.
The two cars are loaded into the B trailer, sitting up on rails and are strapped down tight.
“I stop and check them every time we pull up,” Eddy says. “The last thing we need is one of the race cars getting loose on the way to a meeting.”
The Brad Jones Racing operation
It runs two other Freightliner Argosy transporters. One hauls the Team CoolDrive V8 Supercar of Tim Blanchard, while another is on hand to help the team carry its three Dunlop Series V8 Supercars including the Alliance Truck Parts racer of Andrew Jones.
The Freightliner Racing truck is a 2014 Argosy 110 Mid Roof model with a spacious 51-inch sleeper bunk. It runs the latest generation Detroit DD15 15-litre turbo diesel six-cylinder with 560hp linked up to an Eaton RoadRanger 18-speed non-synchro manual.
Eddy says the new look transporter has already caused a stir on the streets around Albury after he took it out for the first time this week.
“People were hanging out of moving cars getting photos with their phones,” he says. “They just love it.”
Freightliner introduces four year or 800,000km warranty
Freightliner introduces four year or 800,000km warranty – Freightliner has introduced Australia’s best warranty on any American truck.
The generous extended warranty covers the Argosy cab-over and Coronado 114 conventional truck for four years or 800,000km.
The extended warranty is not a short term offer, and will be made available for new customers all the way through until December 31, 2016.
“Freightliner is committed to supporting our customers and their businesses,” says Freightliner Australia director, Stephen Downes.
“Offering Australia’s best warranty on any American truck is a good example of that commitment.”
Mr Downes says Freightliner is prepared to back its product because of its quality.
“We are confident in our product and we want new customers to be able to share our confidence by knowing the truck is covered in the rare event there is an issue,” he says.
Freightliner customers are also supported by one of the strongest service networks in Australia, which is made up of more than 40 service points.
All Freightliner trucks are covered by a standard one year/unlimited km warranty, while the extended warranty has been introduced for the most popular models in the range, the Argosy and Coronado 114.
There are two parts to the extended warranty program. The first is the basic complimentary extended warranty for three years/800,000km, which incorporates the components originally covered by the basic vehicle warranty.
There is also the drivetrain component complimentary extended warranty for two years/800,000km, which covers such items as the transmission, clutch, driving axles and more.
Neither the standard or extended warranties cover the truck’s engine, which is covered by the engine manufacturer, being either Detroit or Cummins.
Potential customers should consult a Freightliner dealer for further details and exclusions.
The introduction of the extended warranty program comes as Freightliner further strengthens its product offering with the Cummins ISXe5 Argosy cab-over, the first Argosy to be offered with Selective Catalytic Reduction. Unlike some of its competitors, Freightliner offers its customers the choice of a Detroit engine or an optional Cummins powerplant in either Coronado or Argosy.
Narva’s Most Powerful Globe
All New ‘Platinum Plus 130 – Narva’s Most Powerful Globe – Leading automotive lighting and electrical company, Narva, continues to raise the benchmark in the lighting stakes following the recent release if its ‘Platinum Plus 130’ globes which offer huge performance gains over more traditional globes.
The all-new Platinum Plus 130 globes provide a remarkable 130 per cent higher light volume compared to a standard globe. Additionally users also benefit from a 20 per cent whiter light output (3750°K).
The longer beam penetration provides extra forward visibility of up to 40 metres, while the whiter light output can considerably reduce driver eye fatigue and improves safety by increasing overall road visibility.
Despite the performance gains, Platinum Plus 130 globes are ADR approved and totally street legal, providing a safe upgrade to OEM lighting across a wide variety of car, light commercial and motorcycle applications.
Another benefit of Narva’s new globes is that there is no increase in power draw or heat displacement meaning the globes are suitable for fitment in polycarbonate headlamps.
Available in 12V in H4 (60/55W) and H7 (55W) types, globes can be purchased from leading automotive outlets.
The Platinum Plus 130 globes are the latest addition to the Narva performance globe range.
Also available are ‘Plus 60 Longer Life’, ‘24V Plus 100’, ‘Plus 100’, ‘Plus 120’, ‘Blue Plus 110’ ‘Arctic Plus 50’ and ‘Intense Blue Plus 30’ allowing users to select a globe to best suit their needs.
Subaru do™ Subaru Australia has announced a bold brand platform that brings to life a new brand promise: Subaru do™.
Over the next year, ‘do’ will be incorporated into every customer touch point, from dealerships to the digital space and marketing campaigns.
Subaru’s General Manager – Marketing, Andrew Caie, said: “2016 heralds the next chapter in Subaru Australia’s brand journey.
“There is a realisation that to grow we need to attract new customers to the brand.
“That means making us more accessible, more relevant and paramount to that is the need to inject new personality into the brand.
“Subaru ‘do’ will be the translation of Subaru’s tangible but human benefits to a broader market and creates a local expression working hand-in-hand with Subaru’s global tagline, Confidence in Motion.
“Do is a very short word with a very big meaning for Subaru in Australia, and will activate a new customer experience to come with buying and owning a Subaru. ‘Do’ is a thought that originates from what owners already see in Subaru’s fabric, a brand that is famous for getting more done, and having more fun.” Mr Caie added.
“Do is the ultimate verb and indicates a renewed focus on delivering an exceptional customer experience made possible by removing obstacles for customers choosing, buying and owning a Subaru.
“We will rollout ‘do’ at every touch point, model-by-model over the coming months starting with the new Subaru Forester later in March and drawing on an iconic ‘do, do do, do do, do do do…’ sound signature, the refrain from Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ in multi-platform digital and television campaigns.”
“Do” aligns closely to bring to life Subaru’s global “Confidence in Motion” direction that is also being incorporated into the brand’s communications locally.
The “do” direction replaces the successful All 4 the Driver initiative introduced six years ago.
The new direction will emerge next Sunday (March 20) with a new television commercial featuring the latest Subaru Forester.