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Diesel pusher chassis supplier Spartan Motors is showing a Ford diesel engine-powered “concept chassis” at the National RV Trade Show, which opened in Louisville on Tuesday (Dec. 2).
The show continues through Thursday (Dec. 4).
The Spartan chassis, which the Charlotte, Mich.-based firm has named the Competitor, is powered by the same Ford 325-hp 6.0L diesel engine used in the Ford F-150 pickup.
“Working with a Ford drive train on this unique configuration has allowed us to develop a very competitively priced diesel pusher chassis that’s designed to be high quality, high performing and easy for OEMs to build on,” said Richard Schalter, president of Spartan’s chassis business.
Spartan believes the Competitor is “the lowest cost entry-level chassis on the market, further narrowing the price gap between gas and diesel alternatives without sacrificing performance.”
The Competitor has a standard 24,000-pound GVWR and includes a Ford TorqShift 5-speed transmission with a newly designed 5-speed gearbox capable of producing 560 foot-pounds of torque. A 26,000-pound GVWR is optional.
“The Competitor will help pave the way for more entry-level products in the diesel pusher market by lowering the cost to OEMs — and RV end-users — and offering them a viable, more comparable choice between gas and diesel powered engines,” said John Sztykiel, Spartan’s CEO.
When production of the Competitor will begin depends on the demand from motorhome manufacturers. However, Spartan executives believe Competitor production could begin as early as March.