6x6 pick-up truck, one platform with many applications.
'HI-PAYLOAD, HI-LOAD-SPACE, HI-MOBILITY BODY-BUILDER CONVERSION PLATFORM'.
KEY TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
KERB WEIGHT: Estimated 2300Kgs.
PAYLOAD: Estimated 3200Kgs.
FRONT AXLE CAPACITY: 1620Kgs.
MIDDLE AXLE CAPACITY: 2100Kgs.
REAR AXLE CAPACITY: 2100Kgs.
* Weights will vary as the base starting kerb weight varies for double cab, extra cab and single cab.
** Subject to homologation and specific application, the GVW can be further enhanced as required to a maximum of 5, 850Kgs which is Gross Train Weight.
LOAD BED LENGTH (DOUBLE CAB): 2500mm.
LOAD BED LENGTH (EXTRA CAB): 2800mm.
LOAD BED LENGTH (SINGLE CAB): 3400mm.
FRAME EXTENSION: 1000mm.
OVERALL VEHICLE LENGTH: 6200mm.
* Additional overhang bed length is available upto 60% of the wheelbase.
ONE PIECE FRAME:
Extensive Finite Element Analysis (FEA) was under-taken to arrive at the optimum chassis rail and cross member constructions - the frame is 10% heavier than the OEM frame and it is replaced with a 30% increase in stiffness profile along its length.
The front suspension towers and spindles are upgraded to enable the weight rating and durability to be increased.
Beam axles are used in the centre and rear locations to maximise the vehicles component use and to maximise the weight carrying capacity.
Pickup Systems has developed a transfer box with a 'torsen-style' differential to deliver drive to the rear axles with two prop-shafts, thereby splitting the torque
An air-suspension system has been developed with load-sensors to adjust the ride height to the variable loads. Hydraulic bump stops installed on the two rear axles
for sleeping policeman and off-road usage.
The front of the vehicle is fitted with a larger 6-piston caliper, discs and high performance pads, centre and rear axle is OEM, with three axle ABS function.
The objective is that the vehicle will carry 2nd Stage Incomplete Vehicle Homologation in the N2 classification under the European Community Whole Vehicle Type
Approval (ECWVTA) system. Individual or Series homologation is also possible.
The vehicle will be subject to an extensive durability assessment on a variety of off-road terrains and on-road surfaces to replicate the useage profiles of a number
of potential applications.
OVERHEAD POWER ACCESS PLATFORM.
The HILOAD 6x6 solves a number of operational issues.
PAYLOAD INCREASED TO CIRCA 3000Kgs:
Solves the limited and increasingly smaller payloads offered.
Class leading payload capacity on the front axle to enable flexibility of weight distribution.
INCREASED LOAD SPACE:
16-18M platforms can be installed to increase height and crucially reach of the basket.
Tasks can be undertaken with a smaller number of support vehicles as the access platform and working equipment is carried on one vehicle.
Drivetrain functionally to improve overall traction and much lower ground than 2 axle vehicles.
Replacement for overly capeable and expensive vehicles.
Create a capability which will operate on sloped ground - single wheels on all axles to prevent vehicles getting stuck or damaging land.
The payload, load space, mobility and single rear wheel format of the HILOAD 6x6 is perfect for Category 3. Pickup Systems havw built many vehicles of this type on 4x4 (CAT 2) and 6x6 (CAT 3) for private airfields.
A lightweight and extremely strong and durable polypropelene body is mounted to the platform with the following key technical specifications;
Double cabin for the 4 man crew.
1200 Litres of water which is mounted centrally and low with baffles.
150 Litres AFF.
Diesel powered pump.
Monitor mounted to front of vehicle with controls in cab.
Storage systems for CAP168 equipment.
Customer specific equipment sourced and fitted.
The military user has many applications that require enhanced payload, enhanced space with enhanced mobility. Six wheel drive vehicles have features heavily in military utility fleets for many years.
The applications that could be considered as a basis for six wheel drive are as follows;
Special Operations vehicle/Mother-ship/Re-supply.
Logistics vehicle/Troop Carrier.
Command and Control/ISTAR.
Fire and Rescue.