October 02, 2007 13:08 ET

Challenger, the World's biggest tractor cultivates a new World Record

WARWICKSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - 644ha cultivated in 24hrs

By cultivating an area the size of a football pitch every two minutes, the world's biggest tractor - a 570hp, AGCO Challenger MT875B has set a new world record. In 24hrs it (cultivated a massive 644ha - or 780 football pitches - working with a set of 14m wide Gregoire Besson XXL discs.

The world record was established near Timisoara, Romania, with operator, Gregoire Besson's Benoit Verdin, driving the tractor for the entire 24hr period. The discs were set to a minimum depth of 10cm in medium to heavy clay loam soil.

In 24 hours the machines covered an area 6.4km long by 1km long, which is equivalent to a 155mm wide strip passing around the equator!

The average workrate for this standard production Challenger MT875B tractor was 26.8ha/hr - a rate of over 30 football pitches every hour. But it achieved this at a remarkably low fuel consumption of just 4.42 litres/ha - four soft drink bottles of fuel!

This proves the MT875B rubber tracked tractor and 14m wide Gregoire Besson XXL discs are the ideal seedbed preparation solution for large-scale agribusiness producers.

This world-beating output and efficiency demonstrates how using the latest technology, agri-businesses across the globe can cut production costs. For example, the Challenger MT875B Auto-Guide automatic steering system allowed the tractor to work at forward speeds of up to 20km, day and night and 'see' through high dust levels. This not only relieves the stress on the driver, it also eliminates over- or under-lapping by accurately steering the tractor in precise straight lines parallel to the previous pass.

The rugged design and high engineering standards of the Gregoire Besson XXL discs meant these also performed faultlessly in the demanding conditions.

Founded in 1990, AGCO Corporation ( is a global manufacturer of agricultural equipment and related replacement parts. AGCO offers a full product line including tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage, tillage equipment and implements, which are distributed through more than 3,200 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide. AGCO products include the following well-known brands: AGCO®, Challenger®, Fendt®, Gleaner®, Hesston®, Massey Ferguson®, New Idea®, RoGator®, Spra-Coupe®, Sunflower®, Terra-Gator®, Valtra®, and White™ Planters. AGCO provides retail financing through AGCO Finance. The company is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, and in 2006, had net sales of $5.4 billion.

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