22 October 1999

Now MBTrac lookalike is on way to the UK

By Andy Collings

THE MB Trac lives – at least a lookalike version does. Furthermore, it is soon to be marketed in the UK by a new company based in East Yorks: BassAgri.

Built originally by Germany-based LandTechnik Schonebeck (LTS) which bought the design rights from Mercedes when production of the MB Trac ceased, the company has since been taken over by Doppstadt.

Along with the Doppstadt takeover came export rights previously denied to LTS. As a result, a new range of M Tracs, as they are called, will be available for UK farmers in the new year.

While its fair to say that only the looks of the original MB Trac remain, the new range features 6-cylinder Mercedes engines, 50kph, 24 x 24 ZF transmissions which include a 4-stage powershift, new brakes, hydraulics and cab interior. Power ranges include models offering 90hp, 130hp, 160hp and 190hp. BassAgri reports it will be initially majoring on the 160hp version.

&#8226 Visitors to the Agritechnica event in Hanover on Nov 7-14 can gain a preview of the new M Tracs.