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Blue Cool technology

A revolutionary new technology from Webasto called BlueCool Truck will keep the cab or sleeper bunk of a heavy-duty truck cool on hot nights without requiring the idling of the truck’s engine or the running of an auxiliary power unit. This development, created by Webasto Product North America (WPNA) and its German parent company Webasto AG of Stockdorf, Germany, solves one of the biggest challenges presented by present and future anti-idling legislation aimed at heavy-duty vehicles across North America.

“BlueCool Truck presents a huge step forward in presenting solutions that assist fleet and owner operators to meet the regulations yet still provide interior comfort irrespective of the vehicle’s location in hot or cold climates,” said Rolf Lichtner, the director of marketing services at Webasto Product North America. Paired with the successful and well-established range of Webasto truck cab auxiliary heaters in our C5 (Complete Cabin Climate Comfort Control) concept, BlueCool Truck completely eliminates the need for engine idling to condition the vehicle’s interior environment.

Not only is this good news for the environment, it is also good news for the truck operators. According to experts, idling diesel engines consume about a gallon of fuel every hour, so over time BlueCool Truck and our truck heaters save remarkable amounts of diesel fuel,” added Lichtner. “Both BlueCool Truck and Webasto truck heaters truly are smart solutions to engine-off heavy-truck cab comfort.”

Unlike auxiliary cab heaters and engine pre-heaters, which use the vehicle’s on-board fuel tank as a direct energy source during the heating phase, the patent-pending BlueCool Truck system uses no diesel fuel during its cooling operation. The core technology is an innovative cold storage cell that is charged during the daytime when the truck is being driven. At night, the truck engine can be switched off, BlueCool Truck turned on and the system and cool air circulated to the cab interior.

Pro racer SP-G seats

Manufactured from glass fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) the pro racer SP-G is the ideal racing shell for professional use providing optimum lateral support, belt guides for 4-point or 6-point belts and high friction lining covering the shoulder area. Seat features include: Friction grip surface in the shoulder area; robust seat fixings; made for extreme driving situations; manufactured from glass fibre reinforced plastic, maximum reliability in every driving situation; meets the latest FIA requirements in every respect; belt guides for 4 or 6 point harnesses; Recaro is the only seat supplier to be able to offer a racing shell with ABE approval for road use when installed with Recaro side mounts and fitting kit. The pole position shell provides an improved level of driving comfort thanks to the broader seat cushion and excellent lateral support. The special moulded form in the back area provides improved support in the upright sitting position in offroad vehicles. The original CS seats were a RECARO SP-G seat modified to a Porsche specification. Retail pricing for the current SP-G is £570 per seat, £60 for side-mount brackets per seat and £149 for fitting kit.