Spartan Introduces Extol Concept Gas Chassis

Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc. introduced a new Class A Front Engine Gasoline (FEG) concept chassis to capitalize on the growth of smaller Class A recreational vehicles (22,000 to 28,000 pounds GVWR) and the increasing demand for gasoline powered engines in the motorized segment.

“Code named the Extol, the chassis offers significant powertrain and chassis performance improvements which will enable RV manufacturers and their dealers to capture additional sales,” said Russell Chick, director of marketing for Spartan Chassis.

“Developed in cooperation with Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI), a leader in the design, engineering, and manufacture of engines for industrial and off/on-road markets, the engine is right-sized to the Class A growth opportunity and offers the performance end-users seek for an improved driving and ownership experience.”

“PSI is excited about presenting our newly developed on-highway applications through this collaboration with Spartan Chassis, a leader in the specialty vehicle category,” said Jeremy Lessaris, Director of Marketing at PSI.

Recreational vehicle OEMs have been frustrated with their engine options, which until now have been underpowered, according to a news release. Because of the considerable weight, RVs require significant torque for pickup and to avoid chugging or spitting on hills. As a result, power compromises are problematic.

Powered by an 8.8-liter engine that offers 430 horsepower and 512 foot-pounds of torque at 3,400 rpm, the engine offers a sizable performance improvement over current offerings in the market today, according to a news release.

Spartan Chassis Extol

“Spartan Chassis has been known for decades as a leader in the Class A diesel market. This Extol concept chassis is an excellent brand extension which should expand our product portfolio and fill what we perceive as a gap in the RV chassis market,” said Tom Gorman, chief operating officer with Spartan Motors.

“This new chassis development illustrates both our long-term commitment to the RV business and, more importantly, our interest to continually find new business growth opportunities for our OEM partners in the RV industry.”

The Extol value proposition includes multiple dimensions including:

  • Chassis performance: a superior ride quality achieved through use of Spartan’s proprietary suspension and the new Compression Fluid Strut
  • Superior handling: achieved by tuning the chassis to the size, weight distribution, and profile of the RV OEM’s body
  • Engine performance: the 8.8-liter gasoline engine provides a durable, high-performance big block engine which delivers a 20 percent improvement in power and 15 percent better fuel-efficiency than previous models
  • Engine durability: the heavy-duty, durable design includes a significantly stronger crankcase and a forged and induction hardened crankshaft, creating a block that can deliver 1,000 foot-pounds of torque

Details

Spartan Chassis Inc.

Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a world-class leader in the engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of chassis and aftermarket parts for emergency-response, recreational vehicle, defense, and specialty vehicles.

End users recognize and request the Spartan Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and innovations which distinguish us from the competition.

Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc.

Website: spartanchassis.com

Spartan Motors, Inc.

Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers, and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies, and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle, emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets.

The company’s brand names—Spartan Chassis, Spartan ERV, and Utilimaster—are known for quality, performance, service, and first-to-market innovation.

The company employs approximately 1,700 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, Florida, and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $426 million in 2011 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering, and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis.

Website: spartanmotors.com

Power Solutions International (PSI)

Power Solutions International (PSI) is a leading global provider of clean tech power solutions. The company designs and manufactures engines for the industrial and on-road sectors and offers fuel-flexible, low-emission engines ranging from .97 liters to 22 liters of displacement.

PSI’s power systems are used worldwide in trucks and buses, power generation, forklifts, aerial lifts, and industrial sweepers, as well as in equipment used for oil and gas extraction, aircraft ground support, agriculture, and construction equipment.

Website: psiengines.com

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