Steinwinter Supercargo 20.40 — A truck from the future in 1983


A truck, the developer of which for almost twenty years has been searching for optimal solutions in the field of cargo transportation in terms of energy, efficiency, cost and versatility. And, as is often the case with engineers and people who look into the future and try to invent something new-Steinwinter. If you try to transfer all these ideas to our real conditions, you might think that the developer was just crazy, but you need to take into account that it is still Europe, where there are restrictions on the length of the tractor, as well as a roadway in general, where not so long distances hangs, as well as more perfect road conditions.

The creator of the project, Manfred Steinwinter, first made the idea to develop such a non-standard truck in 1975, then everyone was skeptical of this, someone frankly mocked, but despite this, a finished project appeared in 1978. The project is large, and in order to implement at least a prototype, serious support was needed. The fully functional prototype appeared already in 1983, such companies as Drogmoller (a bus company that took on the production of a power structure, as well as assembly), Daimler-Benz (were responsible for the engine and bridges), ZF (checkpoint), and production, and production. The semi -trailer lay on the shoulders of Schmitz.

The idea of ​​the concept was approximately as follows — “since we have a limit on the length of the road train, so why do we spend it not rationally, you can drive the tractor under the trailer and translate more cargo?” Specialists who were engaged in the production of cargo equipment did not see anything promising in this, but the cargo carriers on the contrary were interested in developing such a project and acted as partial sponsors. By the way, it should be noted that the idea to place the driver K in the passenger car was not something new, at that time there were already many buses with a similar layout, and Bussing showed the world its trucks with the location of the engine between the axes back in 1951.

Technically, the tractor resembles a medium -measurement sports coupe, because The engine in it is located between the axes behind the driver’s back. The main problem is the height of diesel engines of those years. In the prototype Steinwinter Supercargo 20.40, a diesel V8 with a capacity of 706 hp was installed. At the same time, manufacturers stated that they could put engines with a capacity of 171 to 706 hp. Depending on the requirements. The box 16 is stepped with the so -called “halves”.

Ask what is its versatility?

However, the project from the implementation of serial production decided to refuse the main problem — this is a constructive miscalculation that could lead to serious accidents. Due to a very short base, the truck easily went into the skid, it was simply not possible to carry out a detour of a sharp obstacle. The plastic body, which cracked greatly for 3,000 km of tests, also did not show itself well.

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