Uprated Sherpa specials for NBC
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FREIGHT Rover will shortly be completing an order for 50 specially uprated 2.5-litre diesel Sherpa chassis/cowls for the National Bus Company.
Long wheelbase variants plated at 3.65 tonnes GVW — standard Sherpas are plated up to 3.5 tonnes GVW — have been developed in conjunction with Dormobile of Folkestone which will be fitting them with 16-seat mini bus bodies.
Six pre-production versions of the 3.6 5-tonne GVW Sherpa mini buses have already been bodied and are being used by FR, Dormobile and Carlyle as demonstrators.
The uprating has been achieved by using the heavier duty 2.6-conne rear axle (now fitted as standard on all 300 Series Sherpas) and also by fitting the new VS Sherpa's brakes.
FR is currently appraising GKN composite springs for its 300 Series models and spring specifications have already been passed to.C;KN.