Sherpa V8 races to market
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THREE months after its sneak preview at the Blackpool ambulance show (C.V. August 24), Freight Rover's 98kW(1321ip) V8 Sherpa van is launched at the Scottish Show.
'I he V8 option will only be available on certain -300-Series (wide-bodied) Sherpa models, primarily for police and ambulance work, although Freight Rover expects the VS's rapid acceleratimi top speed of close to 1(i0kmili (10(hriph) to win sales from express delivery operators.
The 3.5-litre engine built at Land Rover's Acocks C;reen engine plant is basically the low-compression (Saudi-tune) version of the Range Rover V8, which is rated at 98kW(132hp) at 4,900 rpm and has a maximum torque of 251Nrn(185 1140 at 2,600 rpm.
The driveline on V8 models is modified to cope with the extra power and torque
l'he standard 77min Laud Rover five-speed gearbox (used on all Sherpa models) is fitted with stronger gears with the same ratios as the Rover Vitesse and Range Rover.
Front disc brakes on V8 Sherpas have (thar-pot (instead of two) calipers and an uprated servo, while the propshaft is changed to take the extra power.
In line with the latest 31)11Series Sherpas the V8 model also gains the recently uprated 2.6 tonne capacity rear axle but with a fister 4.45:1 axle ratio (normally 5.22:1 on two-litre petrol-engined 3n0 Series models).
The V8 engine is available on 3.5-tonne (;VW Sherpa 350 vans, chassis cabs„ind IS17-seat minibuses and for ambulance operations only in the long wheelbase high-roof 3.1tonne GVW 310 van or chassis Cab.
All ambul.111Ce VershMS are
built with a softer rear suspension package which reduces the rear loading height
to 610min (24m). .1 win wheels are also standard.
!he V8 engine adds 1:1,200 to the Sherpa's chassis price.
Freight Rover is currently working closely with ainbulance converters like }bolo'', Wadhani Sirincr and l'ilcher
Greene, who will introduce a li-ont-line ambulance based on the 350 long-wheelbase, highroof Sherpa van plated at 3.1 tonnes (VW in 1986.
Running over a typical urban operation Freight Rover claims fuel consumption of 20 litIllllIkiii (14.1 mpg) tOr the V8 Sherpa, while the twolitre van can return 16.8 litilookin (16.8mpg).