JCB is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its innovative Fastrac tractor with the launch of two new powerful models as the flagships of the range.
The new tractors – the 8290 and 8330 – build on the success of JCB’s new 160-235hp Fastrac 4000 Series, which the company say is proving hugely capable and popular.
Most obvious changes are the styling and new Command Plus cab. But under the skin, the new Fastrac 8290 and 8330 have engines with more power and torque, a new high speed approved hydrostatic steering system and new tyre options. A more compact front linkage and pto package and a larger deck area behind the cab add to the tractors’ versatility and productivity potential.
JCB Agriculture General Manager John Smith said: “The new Fastrac 4000 Series has been very well received by seasoned and new Fastrac users alike. Its unique combination of size, performance, control and comfort is delighting operators across a wide range of applications on arable, grassland and mixed farms alike.
“Now we are introducing several of that tractor’s appealing features to our biggest Fastrac models to increase their versatility and further improve the operator experience while also raising performance levels.”
The Fastrac 8290 and 8330 continue to use an 8.4-litre six-cylinder engine but it now meets Euro Stage 4 / US Tier 4 Final emissions standards.
However, the revised engine specification is not just about emissions compliance – JCB says delivers more power and torque, using a twin turbocharger installation that delivers quick responses when the operator requires increased power.
The two turbos are arranged in series: a relatively small diameter turbo that spools up quickly provides a lively response to the accelerator pedal, while the larger diameter unit ensures there is plenty of torque and power across the engine’s rev range.
At rated speed, the Fastrac 8290’s engine develops 209kW (280hp) to match the output of the outgoing Fastrac 8310; engine power then peaks at 228kW (306hp) as revs are pulled down under heavy draft or towing loads.
The new 8330 model has a rated speed output of 250kW (335hp) rising to 260kW (348hp) under full load, which represents a generous a 32kW (42hp) or 14 per cent increase in power. At the same time, peak torque goes up by 10 per cent to 1440Nm at 1500rpm, which gives the tractor even greater ability to ‘hang on’ as conditions become more challenging or the tractor faces a climb, whether in the field or on the road.
John Smith said: “These figures give our flagship tractor a significant step up in performance with heavy draft equipment, demanding pto-driven implements and heavy trailers, tankers and spreaders. The 8330 is clearly the most productive Fastrac ever with power, torque and traction that can be exploited to the full using the multi-mode V-TRONIC continuously variable transmission.”