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Ferrari's Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor brings caterpillar tracks to the tough slopes

Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: rubber caterpillar tracks give it up to 60% more traction than a regular tractor for excellent performance on steep slopes
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: rubber caterpillar tracks give it up to 60% more traction than a regular tractor for excellent performance on steep slopes
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: thick rubber tracks at the rear boost traction and reduce ground compaction
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: thick rubber tracks at the rear boost traction and reduce ground compaction
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: works well in narrow, tight situations
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: works well in narrow, tight situations
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: built for the steep stuff
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: built for the steep stuff
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: up to 60% more traction than a regular tractor
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: up to 60% more traction than a regular tractor
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: tight turning circle thanks to dual steering
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: tight turning circle thanks to dual steering
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: the Sky Jump name refers to the fact this thing can climb hills so steep you can see nothing but sky from the cabin
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: the Sky Jump name refers to the fact this thing can climb hills so steep you can see nothing but sky from the cabin
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: rubber caterpillar tracks give it up to 60% more traction than a regular tractor for excellent performance on steep slopes
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: rubber caterpillar tracks give it up to 60% more traction than a regular tractor for excellent performance on steep slopes
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: designed for use in thin, narrow crops like vineyards
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: designed for use in thin, narrow crops like vineyards
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: 60-degree steering angle gives it the tight turning circle of a regular tractor
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: 60-degree steering angle gives it the tight turning circle of a regular tractor
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: 91 horsepower, 4-cylinder diesel motor
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: 91 horsepower, 4-cylinder diesel motor
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: the tracks don't slow it down too much - it's capable of 40kmh on the road
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: the tracks don't slow it down too much - it's capable of 40kmh on the road
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: rubber tracks do less damage to the earth than steel ones.
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Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: rubber tracks do less damage to the earth than steel ones.

While the Pininfarina concept tractor we covered a couple of weeks ago is notable only for its supercar-esque looks, this one's got some pretty remarkable practical capabilities.

Built by Ferrari – not that Ferrari, the other Ferrari that builds tractors – the Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer has a set of pneumatic wheels at the front, a set of rubber caterpillar tracks at the back. These tracks make it brilliant for steep or slippery terrain, where a regular tractor might struggle for traction – Ferrari claims up to 60 percent more grip than a regular tractor. In fact it's called the Sky Jump because it's built to tackle hills so steep that the driver can't see anything but sky out the window.

Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: rubber tracks do less damage to the earth than steel ones.
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: rubber tracks do less damage to the earth than steel ones.

In order to tighten up its turning circle, Ferrari has fitted the V95 with dual steering that brings it to a 60-degree steering angle and a turning circle as tight as a regular tractor.

The Sky Jump's tracks are far friendlier to the ground than regular tractor tyres; they crush the ground a lot less by spreading the tractor's weight across a wider footprint. And they don't slow it down too much, either – it's road registerable and capable of about 40km/h (25 mph) on the road when you plant your muddy gumboot and unleash all 91 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque from its 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine.

Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: thick rubber tracks at the rear boost traction and reduce ground compaction
Ferrari Sky Jump V95 Dualsteer tractor: thick rubber tracks at the rear boost traction and reduce ground compaction

Source: Ferrari Agri

5 comments
MD
Hi Loz,is this just the revelation that there is a machinery company called Ferrari. Tracks have been on farm tractors in many iterations for a while. Photos of ingenious user-driven-innovation with their 2-wheel tractors would be entertaining too.
Steve Jones
Love the design, love the name! Tracks have been on "track-tors" (ha!) for a while, but I think this one is unusually small for a tracked tractor, isn't it?
rocketride
If treads are so much gentler on the ground than wheels, why doesn't it have them fore and aft?
Eddy
Why cant someone invent an easily removed pair of these for the off road 4X4 market?
dzlken
tracks on tractors have been around for 50 years so that`s not new. how ever the centre steer has been on other vehicles even longer, so what is new on this item ???????????????? dzlken