Preston-based Richard King Haulage Ltd., have taken delivery of one of only 50 special Volvo FH Ailsa Edition trucks made available as part of Volvo Trucks 50th Anniversary celebrations in the UK this year. Supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials, Preston, Richard King Haulage’s FH-540 6×2 13-litre tractor unit is number 7 out of the 50 and is equipped with an impressive list of options befitting a special limited edition truck.
In addition to the luxurious leather upholstery with gold stitching, the truck boasts the I-Shift Dual Clutch, Volvo Dynamic Steering (which reduces steering effort by up to 85%), I-Park Cool air conditioning and I-See Predictive Cruise Control.
Driver, Paul St. John reports that the installation of I-Shift Dual Clutch provides seamless gear changes, with no interruption in power or torque delivery, particularly from standstill, even when fully freighted. On the subject of I-See Predictive Cruise Control, he says that: “It knows the road and will select a gear in anticipation on gradients, even before you realise you needed it.”
Paul declares that he is also impressed with the ‘integrated technology’ that this new truck offers to support the driver, in particular the Tom Tom® navigation, the latest Media Package for streaming, as well as the fullest possible list of home comforts such as a microwave, television and fridge freezer, together with the Personal Protection Package, which includes a security box, laminated door glass and an alarm.
Volvo Dynamic Steering is also proving to be a boon too, he says, particularly when manoeuvring in yards with tight access. Paul also points out that the laminated glass side windows make the cab even quieter and improve driver security.
“Volvo has put a tremendous amount of thought into the design and specification of the Ailsa Edition FH. The way that the technology is fully integrated and works together to help the driver focus on driving is very impressive,” he says in conclusion.