JCB set the British Record for the fastest modified tractor at Elvington Airfield near York in June 2019 in a tractor designated ‘Fastrac One.’ It reached a speed of 103.6 mph with motorbike racer, lorry mechanic and TV personality Guy Martin in the driver’s seat. JCB then embarked on an ambitious plan to break its own record and developed ‘Fastrac Two’ – which was 10 per cent lighter, more powerful and even more aerodynamic. Also driven by Guy Martin, Fastrac Two hit a peak speed of 153.771mph on its way to clocking a record average of 135.191mph.
GKN Wheels and Structures report that the company was one of the key partners in JCB’s recent tractor speed record. Following two successful runs at Elvington Airfield in York, the JCB Fastrac broke the world record for a tractor, achieving a peak speed of an incredible 153.771mph and an average of 135.191mph.
Beccles-based B&B Skips, which is part of the Radical Waste Group, recently bought a high specification JCB 437 Wastemaster from Watling JCB. The used model came with brand-new pneumatic tyres. However, business owner Julian Knights wanted a set of puncture-free alternatives to ensure the machine could work free from the risk of damage and downtime in the harsh environment of the waste sector.
Exol has launched a new oil recommended for a number of models fitted with JCB’s Ecomax T4i engine or its Dieselmax T3 engine. The fully-synthetic oil’s main specifications are API CH-4, CF, ACEA E2, as well as other OEM specifications. Exol has developed the oil to emphasise low temperature performance, while improving wear protection in cold start-up conditions.
John Leech, Head of Automotive at KPMG in the UK, has highlighted concerns relating to what would happen to the UK automotive market in the event of Brexit. With SMMT data suggesting that more than nine out of ten automotive market members are in favour of remaining, his views add detail to that consensus perspective. He said:
JCB has selected Michelin XeoBib tyres as the exclusive standard fitment on its new pole planting machine, the 4CX Polemaster+. The manufacturer reportedly decided to specify the high flotation Michelin tyre in size VF 600/60 R28 tyres as original equipment on the new machine after comparing a range of alternatives and being impressed by the tyres’ ability to protect soft ground when working in the field.
JCB has announced plans to axe over 400 jobs following a “dramatic” slow-down in world markets. The firm reports that the equipment market in Brazil, Russia, China and India was down 43 per cent compared with the same period in 2014.
JCB will fit Michelin’s new BibLoad Hard Surface tyres as original equipment across its extensive range of loadalls, telehandlers and backhoe loaders. The machinery manufacturer consulted with a number of its customers, testing the tyres in real-world situations prior to the deal. JCB said that the trials demonstrated high levels of damage resistance and impressive handling on rugged surfaces, leading to the new OE deal.
JCB has announced plans to cut up to 150 jobs. The job losses have been blamed on a slowdown in orders following unrest in Russia, Ukraine and Syria. According to various local news sources, most of the jobs will be lost at the firm’s Staffordshire factories in Rocester and Cheadle.
JCB will now embark on a 45-day consultation with staff at the beginning of November. Any following job cuts are set to take place in the middle of December. The firm has not ruled out making compulsory redundancies.