G&B Finch, an Essex-based haulage and waste removal specialist, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary by adding a new IVECO X-WAY to its 38-strong, all-IVECO fleet, which includes a mix of Stralis and Trakker tippers, cement mixers, tractor units, and more.
The newest addition features a 12.9-litre CURSOR 13 engine that produces 570 horsepower (425 kilowatts) and 2,500 newton-metres (1,844 pounds-foot) of torque and a 16-speed HI-TRONIX automatic transmission with IVECO HI-CRUISE GPS adaptive cruise control. It also has the IVECONNECT 7-inch infotainment system and the Driving Comfort Pack, which adds a heated and cooled driver’s seat, refrigerator, leather steering wheel, heated windscreen, and other upgrades.
G&B Finch’s new X-WAY is based on a Stralis AS440X57T/Z ON+ 6x4 dual-drive tractor unit, but it is now so much more than that thanks to Dutch vehicle converter Charles Feijts Group (CFG). The conversion process involves moving the cab back, moving the front suspension forward, and using a combination of IVECO and third-party components to achieve the final result.
Designed specifically for the heaviest hauling jobs, including abnormal loads, the vehicle measures 7,785 millimetres (306 inches) in length, when it’s all said and done. It also supports a gross vehicle weight of up to 150 tonnes (165 U.S. tons), making it possible for the truck to move Category 3 Special Types General Order (STGO) loads using a quad-steering Nooteboom low-loader trailer, for example.
After leaving CFG, the truck went to dealer North Commercials, where a Special Vehicle Operations unit outfitted it with heavy-duty sliding fifth wheel, and then on to SB Components, which added an infill catwalk, stainless-steel bumper protection bars, LED hazard lights, and more. Those extra lights complement the truck’s Xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights. It also features a special paint job from LA Spray Shop of Barnsley.
Safe & Stable
Due to the vehicle’s unique layout, several of the X-WAY’s safety features had to be reprogrammed or repositioned, including adaptive cruise control, active emergency braking, lane departure warning, and the camera system. G&B Finch also opted for an Orlaco front sight camera that adds improved visibility from the front grille. The truck itself is also safe and well-suited for heavy-haul operations thanks to its high approach angle and ground clearance, steel rear suspension, and Michelin XZY3 on/off-road tyres.
More Than A Tool
“A truck isn’t just a tool, it’s often the face of a business, and in some cases a canvas upon which to showcase,” says Gareth Lumsdaine, director of IVECO’s Heavy Business line. “G&B Finch and Northern Commercials have taken this thought and absolutely run with it, commissioning CFG and some incredibly talented artists to turn the already brilliant Stralis X-WAY into a true masterpiece of engineering, design and individuality. Something that leaves no doubt as to the nature of their business and shows real pride in their work.”
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