Have you ever wondered how many tonnes of grapes can be harvested in eight hours? According to the latest test, the answer is 197.6 tonnes, corresponding to nearly 200 000 bottles of Shiraz wine! This new grape harvesting record was verified by certification company SGS and was established by FPT Industrial sister brand New Holland Agriculture using a new Braud 9090X harvester, powered by an FPT Industrial engine.
The performance test took place recently in Waikerie, South Australia, on a 7-hectare Shiraz red-grape parcel. The fleet supporting the Braud 9090X comprised 5 New Holland T4.105F tractors and an Iveco Stralis 560 hp truck, all powered by FPT Industrial engines. The 175hp N67, 6-cylinder, second-generation common rail engine delivers optimised combustion, a maximum torque of 773 Nm, and maximum sustainability, complying with Tier3 emissions standards. The N67 is also best in class for oil change intervals – which are up to 600 hours – resulting in reduced vehicle downtime and improved productivity. The exercise was also really impressive from a fuel consumption point of view; harvesting one tonne of grapes required only 0.99 litres of fuel.
Congrats to the team that made this achievement possible! (Go have a glass of Shiraz to reward yourselves!)