ZF Friedrichshafen (Stand 08-D15) continues to invest in its capability to design, develop and manufacture automatic transmissions for both the civilian and more demanding military markets.
One of its latest products is the seven-speed ZF-EcoLife Off-road automatic transmission, which has been developed by the company specifically for medium- to heavy-duty off-road applications.
According to ZF, this handles up to 2,600Nm of torque, improves acceleration, and changes gear automatically depending on the terrain being crossed.
This new transmission also features a high spread of 10 ratios and is claimed to significantly improve the vehicle’s climbing ability at the same time as reducing fuel consumption, which are key advantages for the military application. It also features a new torque converter, which has an integrated torsional damper to provide smooth starting and good acceleration figures.
The new transmission’s low weight of 450kg and 900mm length saves valuable space, which is always at a premium in armoured fighting vehicles.
The ZF-EcoLife is being marketed as a performance-enhanced successor to the ZF-Economat range of automatic transmissions, which are installed in many military vehicles all over the world.