January '18

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68 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com O R I G I N A L E Q U I P M E N T product unparalleled in its quality, performance and power to a growing segment of the market." While the first DriveForce engine will be a gas-powered one, other engines developed later may be powered by alter- native fuel sources for the commercial truck market, according to Taylor. Bryan Henke, FCCC manager of product marketing, said the company spent several months speaking with RV makers, dealers and end consumers about what they wanted in a non- diesel engine and chassis before undertaking the project. He added that developing the DriveForce engine and MC chassis was a multi-year effort. The company's extensive early research showed that end con- sumers were concerned about stopping ability and the overall ride and handling experience in a gas coach, according to Henke. As a result, FCCC incorporated leading technology into its DriveForce engine and MC chassis, he said. In particular, Henke touted the MC chassis' premium WEMC Walther quad-piston hydraulic disc brakes offering commercial-grade braking power, which he said provides five times the brake life compared to standard gasoline chassis products. Additionally, the chassis' custom-tuned Sachs shocks help provide an overall premium driving expe- rience, he said. He also touted the MC chassis' one-piece frame rail, which Pictured here is the MC diesel chassis equipped with a 5.1-liter Detroit DD5 front engine. The DD5 offers up to 240 horsepower and 660 pounds of torque at 2,200 RPM. The MC chassis is built on a one-piece frame rail.

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