On 20th October, MAN Truck & Bus handed over two MAN TGXs to the German Ski Association (DSV). The 500 hp semitrailer tractors are equipped with a new combination of the automated MAN TipMatic gearbox and the MAN HydroDrive hydrostatic front-wheel drive which was unveiled for the first time at IAA 2016. These vehicles, with their added traction and greater driving safety, even on slippery surfaces, will be travelling with Germany’s biathletes and cross-country skiers to Skiing World Cup events, where they will serve as mobile workshops.
The vehicles were handed over as part of the official DSV event marking the start of the season, and top athletes including Simon Schempp, Arnd Peiffer and Sebastian Eisenlauer seemed impressed by their powerful new ‘team members’. Gerald Hönig and Mark Kirchner, the two national biathlon coaches, also took the opportunity to inspect the modern tractor units for the first time.
“We are very happy to be able to continue our successful partnership with MAN for the next two winter seasons,” enthused DSV’s Marketing Director Walter Vogel. “Not only our drivers, but, above all, our athletes and coaches value the reliability of the TGXs. They give us a genuine competitive edge, especially in the adverse weather and travel conditions we can encounter when making the – sometimes quite long – journeys from one World Cup location to the next. But our biathlon and cross-country trucks have always arrived at their destination on time.”
The ski-waxing trailers allow the elite athletes to have their skis serviced and prepared for competition directly at the event venue. These fully equipped, mobile workshops always carry all the materials needed to prepare the skis, thus avoiding time-consuming loading and unloading. They are also fitted with the specialist equipment needed to protect the health of the team technicians: a special extraction unit prevents the toxic gases produced when the skis are waxed from leaking into the workroom.