Pure strength: the Mercedes-Benz Arocs 4163 tow truck.
On the road to success since the 1950s.
Daniel Beyersdorf’s employer has a logo in red capitals on both sides of the special Arocs: “Gross”. The company was set up in the early 1950s as a petrol station with a fitter’s workshop, in the small town of Köngen near Stuttgart, and has now grown to a major corporation group with around 400 employees at 23 sites. The fleet comprises almost 340 trucks and transporters, almost all manufactured by Mercedes-Benz.
Transporting cars plays an important role. Gross’s business is to transport test vehicles for manufacturers and vehicles for film productions, all over Europe.
5,000 trucks on the hook.
They also carry out transfers for major car showrooms. An even more important task is recovery and towing. Roughly 250,000 vehicles is the number that the company towed away or loaded onto transporters last year. As Arocs driver Beyersdorf says, the “supreme discipline” is rescuing and towing trucks – after a breakdown or collision, or if they have gone off the road in the winter. The experts rescue up to 5,000 trucks and their drivers from tricky spots.
Giants with 15.6-litre displacement.
The breakdown fleet for trucks consists of ten heavy Masterlift trucks. The basic vehicle of choice for the two most recent members of the team is the Arocs 4163 with the most powerful engine variant, the 15.6-litre, six-cylinder in-line engine. “These are giants with amazing strength and powerful torque”, says Rainer Petermann, owner of Gross.
Owner Rainer Petermann (left) and director Bruno Noce in front of the two most powerful vehicles in the Gross fleet.
Thanks to the Turbo Retarder Clutch, even if the tow trucks have to recover a “monster”, they can start moving effortlessly and without wear or tear. Read more on RoadStars.