BRITISH manufacturer, JCB, produced a few rabbits out of the hat for its Agritechnica stand this week, with new versions of its Fastrac 8000 and 4000 Series high-speed field and haulage tractors.

Building on the long-established features of the flagship Fastrac 8000s, to the fore was the unique fail-safe steering system and the Command Plus cab of the current models, but the Fastrac 8290 and 8330 can now operate heavier equipment with greater stability, and better ride comfort.

Power outputs remain unchanged at 280hp and 335hp at rated speed (306hp and 348hp under full load) but these six-cylinder engines now comply with Stage V emissions rules.

The latest 8000 Series tractors feature a heavier duty JCB’s advanced suspension for both axles (not just on the front as before), with adjustable ride height and spring rate and they are now capable of achieving a gross vehicle weight of 18 tonnes, which is a 13% increase.

It means the rear deck capacity has been doubled to five tonnes, while new ultra-flexible tyre options give better traction and floatation.

JCB’s hydraulic Advanced Suspension maintains a consistent ride height when front-mounted implements or ballast are attached, and provides increased stability when working with larger implements.

Operators can adjust the ride height individually front and rear to help balance the tractor better.

A precision guidance system is also now available for Fastrac 8000s tractors. The Trimble GFX-750 package comprises a NAV-900 cab roof-mounted satellite signal antenna and the GFX-750 in-cab display, which has an Android operating system and a configurable layout for the 10-inch high-definition colour touch screen.

There was also a refreshed range of Fastrac 4000 Series tractors on show in Hanover, with uprated axles, new tyre options for increased traction in the field and the ability to work with swan-neck drawbar trailers and tankers.

The package of detailed upgrades also includes a locking front differential, and a new factory-fitted precision guidance option, coincides with the introduction of Stage V emissions-compliant engines.