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Hobson Industries exhibit two recuperated green machines at DVD 2009


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Hobson Industries
: 10 June, 2009  (Company News)
At DVD 2008 Hobson Industries showed, for the first time, ′The Green Machine,’ an Asset Managed Land Rover Truck Utility Medium General Service (TUM GS) Hardtop 12/24v 300TDI 110 Vehicle; M/Y 1992 at DVD.
This year Hobson Industries will be showing the Land Rover 110 Green Machine which was used continuously for two days on the cross-country course filming in 2008 and a Recuperated British Army Wolf 110 vehicle built for DVD 2009 using Asset Managed parts. Hobson Industries will be showing footage of the ‘Green Machine’ in action at last year’s DVD on their stand SP5 this year. The Green Machine will be available again this year for demonstration drives based from the KAM Differentials Stand OR5 on the Off-Road Course.

Both vehicles have the Wolf R380 Powertrain which includes the proven 300 TDI Land Rover engine. Thus, the powertrain is stronger and more durable than the earlier units, the emissions improved and the vehicle life extended significantly. Hobson Industries have built a number of new and re-build 300TDI engines for the MoD and other customers and see it as the ideal engine for the MoD’s proposed Through Life Support Initiative.

Hobson Industries has rebuilt over 160 vehicles of various types under contract to the UK MoD using asset managed parts and genuine new OE parts in an initiative which had its origins in a contract let in 2003 where Hobson Industries built two vehicles from three written off vehicles. These vehicles include Land Rover Defenders, Wolfs, Station Wagons and Media Ops vehicles. Hobson Industries is also the contractor to Ricardo for the WMIK chassis, a process which involves the conversion of civilian 110 chassis to Wolf Standard.

“The 300 TDI is a well proven rugged engine which has powered not only the Land Rover Wolf, but also the Defender 110 and 90 military and civil variants and the original Discovery models. We have access to all key spares for this engine for many years to come and we can build at least ten engines a week at our facility. The eco savings on using existing 300 TDI blocks in particular are huge, given the huge amount of carbon required to build the new Defender engine. The 300 TDI does not require advanced and complex electronic engine management systems which play havoc with advanced C4I systems currently fielded. Vehicle manufacturers are required to build in a large element of RFI shielding to put these civilian engines into the military environment. In addition the 300 TDI is much easier to maintain in the field. Hobson Industries has the capability to build and support complete powertrains for international military users from front axles, thru engine and gearbox to transfer box and back axle including front & rear suspension units, wheels, tyres and shock absorbers. We are now the licensee for the Borg Warner Transfer Box which we obtained in 2003.” said Peter Hobson, Managing Director of Hobson Industries.

The importance of actively demonstrating green credentials is growing –- no longer can the disposal element of Fleet Management be regarded as an inconvenience at the end of a life cycle. The ability to demonstrate a highly responsible and environmentally sound attitude to redundant fleet vehicles is a necessity. With the right approach it is possible to combine a policy that addresses environmental concerns, with the benefit of cost reduction in the Through Life Support Cycle.
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