Fringian Tractor Unit
The Tractor Unit is a type of Ground Car.
Description / Specifications
The Tractor Unit is a large cargo transport vehicle designed for use by commercial organisations.
Hull / Suspension
A generally box-shaped steel/plastic hull.
- Length: 6.8m (cabin length 2.4m), Width: 2.4m, Height: 3.4m.
- Overall Volume: approximately 55m³ (4.1 dTons).
- Unloaded Weight: 8,300 kg.
The overall volume measures the vehicles maximum dimensions and includes road clearance. The contained volume of the contoured hull (primarily mounted towards the front of the vehicle) is substantially lower.
The vehicle is fitted with wheeled suspension system mounted on a series of axles.
- The vehicle performs well on metalled surfaces but has very limited off-road capability.
Power / Transmission
A medium internal combustion power plant using hydrocarbon fuel. The fuel is contained within a protected tank.
- Cruise Speed: 70 kph, Top Speed: 110 kph. Off-road Speed: less than 20 kph.
- Range: 1800 km at Cruise Speed, 1300 km at Top Speed.
The Tractor Unit couples to trailers. These are fitted with a traction pin that fits into a "fifth wheel" coupling mounted on the rear portion of the Tractor. The linkages also include power connectors, pressure hoses and control cables.
- Maximum Gross Towing Weight: 78,000 kg. Two or more trailers may be towed to form long "land trains".
Passengers / Cargo
The crew compartment consists of an enclosed front mounted cabin fitted with clear windows and containing two front seats – an additional passenger can be accommodated though such arrangements are cramped. The seating is fitted with safety belts. The vehicle has basic environmental protection (the hull is weatherproof but is not sealed) and is fitted with interior lights and air conditioning. The driver's position is fitted with basic mechanical controls. A console provides data such as engine temperature and velocity.
The rear of the cabin contains a crew bunk, with a tiny galley and an overhead storage locker.
- Cargo Storage: 3m³.
- Maximum Load: restricted by internal volume only.
Headlights and running lights. A small (typically 200 km range) radio communicator.
History / Background
A commercial vehicle available in a variety of body styles. The tractor unit tows a variety of loads, including the Box Semitrailer, the Flatbed Semitrailer, and the Tanker Semitrailer. Vehicles of this type often bear a distinctive livery.
See also: Vehicles of the Distant Fringe
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