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.”