It is a challenge for man and machine: During a Truck Trial run, commercial vehicles take on rough terrain. Marcel Schoch, a six-time European champion, relies on a vehicle made by MAN.
Steep slopes, rocky surfaces and lots of mud: Partaking in a Truck Trial is a major challenge for drivers and vehicles alike, as it means mastering a truck on unfortified ground along the boundaries of what is physically feasible – whether with two or four axles.
Marcel Schoch knows the ins and outs, as he is indeed a six-time European champion in a Truck Trial competition. Together with his co-driver Johnny Stump, he steers an MAN TGS 35.480 in the premiere Truck Trial run S5. The four-axle truck with all-wheel drive is among the largest vehicles admitted to a Truck Trial and was designed for challenging operations in quarries with a fairly light chassis and all-wheel drive. During Truck Trial, the MAN TGS 35.480 performs in the modified series version.
Truck Trial demands not only a high degree of courage and concentration, but also experience and preparation. Schoch and his co-pilot therefore trace the route by foot before each race and meticulously note each and every section. Later on, it requires a very light touch to master the distance over a variety of surfaces. In the video, Marcel Schoch explains what exactly matters in off-road terrain: