Dana Inc. has revealed new details about its Spicer global single axle for trucks, tractors and coaches. Engineered for 6×2 and 4×2 axle configurations, this family of single-reduction, solo drive axles can be customized for vehicle applications with gross combination weight ratings of 70,000 to 100,000 lbs. The Spicer global single axle is now available for pre-production testing, and is expected to be released in 2018.
According to Dana, the Spicer global single axle offers increased mechanical efficiency and less weight than current offerings, and has been engineered on a flexible platform that combines design and production efficiency with various application-specific demands. This axle is the first to support ratios lower than 2:1 as part of a range of axle ratios designed for engine downspeeding, the company said, adding that this enables efficient operation at desired highway cruise speeds with engine speed approaching 1,000 RPM. Additionally, the company added, the global single axle’s full selection of ratios is the broadest available, supporting up to 6.8:1.
“The regional market needs of today’s global commercial-vehicle manufacturers vary greatly, but Dana offers solutions that are truly localized to meet our customers’ specific requirements,” said Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies. “The Spicer global single axle family delivers the increased efficiency that is required by the industry, along with regional customization that buyers demand. This axle can also be paired with a wide selection of Spicer driveshafts for a fully optimized drivetrain solution.”