New Holland Agriculture has picked-up an award for its methane-powered concept tractor.
It has a new engine, improved feeding and a choice of three ranges of crop processors.
The FR920 uses an all-new FPT industrial V20 engine delivering 911hp maximum power at 1600 to 1800 rpm, 4095 Nm maximum torque and a productivity-boosting 44% torque rise at 2100-1600rpm.
The power curve is said to be specifically mapped to match the precise requirements of foraging applications, ensuring the best transient response, so that the FR reacts fast to changing load; the most fuel-efficient performance is in the 1600 to 1900 rpm working range.
Overall, the feeding system has been improved and now has a 12.5% bigger intake channel thanks to greater lift of the intake rolls.
The direct-driveline logic of the FR Forage Cruiser is said to ensure that power from the new V20 engine is efficiently transmitted to the driven parts and, ultimately, to the ground, with the driveline and components reinforced to manage the increased engine output of the new model.
A newly designed heavy-duty 4WD system increases the maximum torque transferred to the wheels by 60% versus the standard system.
New heavy-duty axles are guidance-ready, have a reinforced steering axle support and can allow the fitment of larger footprint steering tyres.
NH is also introducing the new DuraCracker and DuraShredder heavy-duty crop processing systems in addition to the standard crop processing rolls. The DuraCracker system uses reinforced frames and drives to deliver uniform kernel cracking to match the high outputs of the new model. The DuraShredder uses rolls with additional spiral cuts to shred the crop and more intensively process both kernel and stover, particularly in situations with mid-to-long cutting lengths.
These processing systems combine with the patented HydroLoc technology to ensure consistent chop length independent of throughput and crop type, and the ActiveLoc system that automatically adapts chop lengths to moisture content.
New Holland will also offer NIR On Board as an option on the FR Forage Cruiser, meaning customers will be able to measure and monitor the crop’s moisture and nutrient parameters with +/-2% accuracy and in real time as they harvest.
With NIR On Board, the harvester will measure main crop parameters such as dry matter, crude protein, crude fat, starch, neutral detergent fibre (NDF), acid detergent fibre (ADF) and ash.
The data collected by the system can be transferred to the farm’s PC with a USB key or it can be transmitted through wi-fi or GPS.