This month, DAF Trucks presented its 2018 DAF Experience Ride & Drive event at Millbrook’s extensive proving grounds in Bedfordshire.

The event, which takes place every two years, offers over 800 customers and support staff the chance to drive 18 vehicles from the manufacturer’s demonstrator fleet. Over the course of three weeks, vehicles including the New LF, New CF and New XF models tackled both urban driving routes and Millbrook’s off-road circuits.

With the latest New DAF range available to test, the event provided the perfect opportunity for delegates to experience the recent enhancements that led the New CF & New XF to being crowned International Truck of the Year 2018.

Efficiency Driver Challenge

The event played host to the two-day finale of the DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge 2018, where 20 of the country’s best truck drivers were invited to undertake a series of rigorous challenges. This was part of a UK-wide search to find Britain’s best commercial vehicle driver.

The participants took part in demanding practical and knowledge-based assessments at Millbrook, where their driving style, performance and efficiency were put to the test across different sizes of truck and driving conditions.

Fuelled by HVO

During the event, all 18 DAF trucks from the demonstrator fleet were fuelled by clean-burning Hydro-treated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel. HVO– an aromatic-free paraffinic diesel – helps to deliver a reduction of up to 90% in greenhouse gas emissions ‘from well to wheel’ in comparison to conventional diesel.

Importantly, the use of HVO requires no vehicle modifications, or changes to service intervals. The fuel can be simply distributed, stored and pumped using existing infrastructure and equipment.

By operating on clean-burning HVO, combustion is more efficient, even cleaner, and emissions are further reduced. Using HVO at Millbrook on a broad variety of vehicles clearly demonstrates how easily the fuel can be used as a green alternative for diesel.

Phil Moon, DAF Trucks Marketing Manager

This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.