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Landini Powers to Tractor Pulling Championship

Landini ‘Bufalo 3000’ wins Italian tractor pulling title
Landini ‘Bufalo 3000’ wins Italian tractor pulling title

Landini ‘Bufalo 3000’ wins Italian tractor pulling title

Perkins engine developed to produce more than 900hp!

No plans for a production replica. ..

It may be a far cry from the tractors normally seen ploughing or handling a manure spreader on farms up and down the country but the specially-built ‘Bufalo 3000’ developed for competition use still has plenty in common with its standard cousins.

The Landini Legend-based machine competes in the Pro-Stock class of tractor pulling, a sport in which the tractors must be production models, albeit highly modified. And despite being limited to using a single turbocharger to boost the engine’s output, the Moretti brothers who own the tractor have so far extracted more than 900hp from the Perkins six-cylinder that powers the Bufalo!

The skill of a tractor pulling competitor like Landini pilot Elvio Moretti lies in getting the tractor off the line and then using its traction to the full to power along a 100m dirt track. The winner is the tractor that goes the farthest while an increasingly heavy dead weight tries to slow it down.

Mr Moretti is clearly made of the right stuff because his driving skill, together with power and traction of his outlandish Landini, gave him a dominant win in the 2005 Italian tractor pulling championship.

Despite the appeal of this spectacular-looking machine and the spine-tingling roar it makes in competition, Landini says it has no plans to produce a production replica! It will, however, be introducing new models this year that take the Landini range into new higher horsepower categories, using advanced engine and transmission technology that will give users a real productivity boost.

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