Mack Trucks, Inc. has received an award of just over $1 million from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The contract calls for the optimization of a commercially available “off-the-shelf” heavy-duty diesel engine to operate on JP-8, a fuel traditionally used in jets and commonly available to the military throughout the world. The Mack MP8 engine will be the centerpiece of this R&D effort.
“Mack’s long tradition of heavy-duty engine design leadership is a great asset for this project,” said Tom Kelly, Mack senior vice president, product portfolio management. “We can draw upon tremendous resources and knowledge in adapting the Mack MP8 to this need.”
Mack recently announced that it has also received an award of approximately $28.5 million from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command for 152 MACK Vision Elite model tractors (known domestically as the Mack Pinnacle Axle Back model) configured as 70-Inch High-Rise sleepers, as well as the same number of 35-ton low boy trailers.