2-year-long secret testing of Scania V8 engines in the middle of Swedish forest (video)




The new Scania V8 trucks that were presented in August, offer 770 horsepower and better fuel efficiency. But how can Scania be sure about the fuel-saving success if the engine has just been launched?

Apart from the engineers’ calculations and lab tests, it was a Swedish timber truck driver Lars Johansson who has been secretly testing one of Scania’s new 590-hp V8 engines and the all-new G33CM gearbox. The powertrain has proven to be a powerful solution that can improve both timber and other heavy transport and make them more cost-effective.

The gearbox feels really good. You feel safe on these roads, in these hills, at the crossings. The gearbox always selects the right gear and torque on the engine,” says driver Lars Johansson.

For nearly 30 years, Lars Johansson has hauled timber from forest to sawmill in northern Sweden. With Scania’s new V8 engine and the completely new gearbox, he can do it quicker, safer and cheaper than before.

We are in the middle of the forest outside in northern Sweden. With great precision and skill, Lars Johansson maneuvers a giant mechanical hand full of logs and lowers the load in over the trailer of his ‘secret’ timber truck. The logs end up in perfect order. In 20 minutes, the trailer is fully loaded, with all the chains in place to secure the cargo.

Now, all we have to do is get out of here, on this slippery, twisting and icy road,” Lars says, scratching his head.

A truck you can rely on

Really heavy timber transport places great demands on both vehicles and drivers. Reliable tyres, good drivability and precise steering on the cars are self-evident requirements.

Up here in the north we have a long winter. This means you have to have a good truck that can manage the forest. But the terrain can also be quite hilly when I reach the road, and that places great demands on the gearbox, which has to work hard on all the gears. In this business it is very important to have trucks you can trust. You can’t be stuck in the woods, many miles from the nearest workshop,” he continues.

Photo credit @ Scania

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