Goodyear to Supply World’s Largest Pickup
Goodyear is to supply tyres for the new International pickup truck. At nine feet tall, the new vehicle will be two feet taller than the Ford F-350 or Humvee.
The International CXT, Commercial Extreme Truck, will be the world’s largest production pickup truck, according to the company. Every large vehicle needs large tyres in this case 22.5 inch tyres. Chuck Yurkovich, general manager of Goodyear original equipment commercial, said the tyres will provide some “serious traction.” The 14 ply tyres will have to support the seven-ton pickup as well as the six tons of payload it can carry. In the front the truck will use Unisteel G159A radial tyres and G167A high-mileage drive axle tyres in the rear.
“Goodyear has been a long-time supplier for International, but this application ranks right up there with the best. We gave them some serious rubber for a truly fun truck,” Mr Yurkovich said.
According to International Truck and Engine Corp, the Goliath sized vehicle is more than 21 feet long, more than four feet longer its nearest rival. Media sources are reporting that it is unlikely that the CXT will be a “mass produced truck,” as prices range from $93,000 to $115,000 and the truck won’t fit in a standard garage.
International officials are claiming that the CXT is unrivalled in capability, size and appearance. It is said to be capable of hauling three times the payload of consumer pickup trucks and will use air brakes for improved stopping ability. The new vehicle will also offer offers towing, dumping and tilt bed capabilities.