mtu engines help Claas tractors break records at Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory
Posted on March 28, 2018
Power. Passion. Partnership. mtu engines help Claas tractors break records at Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory Before a new tractor model is ready to work the land, it must face the oval test track at the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory. The facility opened in Lincoln, Nebraska nearly a century ago. Back then, horses were commonly used to plow and harvest—not tractors. Early models often failed to perform as advertised. In 1919, the Nebraska Tractor Test Law required manufacturers to verify horsepower claims before a tractor is offered for sale in the state. The first tractor test was conducted in 1920, with a model that produced a mere 15 horsepower. Since then, more than 2,000 tractor models have been tested, including modern 500 hp models.
Designing great products is our strength, but we also have some exceptional supply partners like mtu, that provide very efficient and productive components for our systems.
At the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab, the new Xerion tractors broke records for fuel efficiency, pull-toweight ratio and low cab noise. The Xerion 4500 now holds the record as the most fuel-efficient tractor in its class. The Xerion 5000 and 4500 beat top competitors in engine lugging capacity, setting a record for low engine speed while providing maximum torque. In the ballasted portion of the test, the Xerion 4500 set a new 25-year pull-to-weight ratio record for 4WD tractors.
“When you’re in prime tillage season and running 10-12 hours a day, fuel efficiency really adds up. Cab noise on those long days is also a big concern,” says Sparenberg. The noise level recorded in the cab of the Xerion 4500 was a record-breaking low 68.5 decibels. The Xerion 5000 broke that record shortly afterwards with 67.0 decibels. As a comparison, that’s quieter than a Cadillac Escalade or Volkswagen Golf cruising at 65 mph (100 km/h).
“At Claas, we pride ourselves in offering premium products that focus on efficiency, productivity and comfort,” says Drew Fletcher, product manager – tractors, Claas of America. “Designing great products is our strength, but we also have some exceptional supply partners like mtu, that provide very efficient and productive components for our systems.”