Each of the Volkswagen Crafter vans have have been heavily adapted to include a customised workshop style interior and a roof mounted, race paddock style awning that can be erected to provide a 9m2 product display and training environment.
When in use at events, the vans will be fully laden with an array of tools, product, equipment and training materials so that they offer a truly ‘mobile academy’ experience to both Schaeffler distributors and their workshop customers.
Nigel Morgan, Managing Director, Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK) Ltd, said: “We have put a lot of thought, effort and capital into putting this fleet on the road, and as each van is not just a way of shipping stuff about but essentially a mobile training academy in its own right, so they can be put to a wide variety of uses based on what our customers want to see at their event.”
During events, each van will carry two complete twin clutch gearboxes (VAG DSG and Renault DC4) plus the special tools required to work on them.
There will also be DMF and SAC tools and demonstration units on board to allow mechanics to get hands-on with the technology.
INA will be well represented with a demonstration OAP and alternator set-up as well as all of the tools needed to make a professional belt system repair.
A variety of FAG equipment will also be on board, including the LCV repair solution tool along with a complete hub from a Mercedes Sprinter van.
There will also be a Gen.2 hub replacement tool along with a mounted Gen.2 hub unit which can be removed and refitted by visitors during practical demonstrations.
Malcolm Short, Technical Services Manager, Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK) Ltd, said: “The vans will include everything our trainers need to carry out professional hands-on training at events throughout the country.”
Schaeffler staff will be on-hand at a number of forthcoming shows including the Mechanex exhibitions at Donington Park on October 6 & 7 and Sandown Park on November 10 & 11, Auto Trade Expo in Dublin on October 17 & 18, and AutoInform Live at the GTG Training Academy, Wolverhampton on November 28 & 29.
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