Exeter-based heavy haulage specialist Aardvark Hire Limited has taken delivery of the UK’s first Renault Trucks Range C520.26 6×4 tractor running at 80 tonnes under Special Types Category 2. Supplied by Renault Trucks Exeter, the distinctive Range C has a reinforced chassis and fifth wheel as well as a Voith retarder, uprated braking system and light bars and lamps supplied through Kelsa.

Complete with Aardvark’s distinctive yellow and grey livery, the Range C is an additional vehicle for their 4-strong fleet, reflecting the growth in the business. This is the third Renault Truck on Aardvark’s fleet and follows the very positive experience of owning and operating their current Renault Lander 6×4 and Range T tractor units. The new Range C moves heavy plant machinery including large excavators and dump trucks from main dealer groups to construction sites across the South West and throughout the UK.

“Aardvark has grown its reputation to be the leading heavy haulage and low loader company in Exeter and surrounding areas. Consequently business is booming and we needed an additional vehicle to cope with the extra demand,” explains Aardvark’s Director, Andy Lowe. “The customer service we received from Renault Trucks Exeter with previous vehicles has been superb so we had no hesitation in contacting them again for our latest requirements.”

Andy Lowe continues: “We needed a seriously tough vehicle and the Range C hasn’t let us down. We are often delivering to open fields which are muddy and wet. Where other manufacturer’s vehicles would get stuck, the new Range C doesn’t and we can literally send it anywhere. The traction is incredible and the double drive pulls the vehicle effortlessly out of difficult terrain. We’re also seeing some pretty impressive fuel consumption figures too, returning 8mpg on general work and 5mpg fully loaded. All in all it’s a fantastic bit of kit and the driver is over the moon too.”

Pete Swinnerton, Renault Trucks Bristol and Exeter says: “It’s great to see Aardvark Hire turn to Renault Trucks once again when extending their heavy haulage fleet. The Range C has been specifically designed to provide exceptional manoeuvrability and access to all types of terrain so it’s good to see that it’s already performing superbly in the muddiest and most challenging of conditions!”

Aardvark Hire Limited, based in Dunchideock, Exeter, has been operating for 25 years and has grown from a family-run business to a well-respected and professional industry leader in heavy haulage providing a complete plant hire and haulage service throughout the South West as well as nationwide.