The 2022 Claas Scorpion 960 telehandler
The 2022 Claas Scorpion 960 telehandler.

The Varipower transmission in the Scorpion 1033, 741, 736, 732 and 635 models has been replaced by the new Varipower 2 twin motor, designed and manufactured exclusively for Claas. The compact drive unit that originates from the Jaguar forage harvester promises a long service life, improved drive efficiency and reduced noise levels.

Varipower 2 comprises two hydrostatic motors inside a compact housing that share a common shaft and swash plate. Both motors have a maximum swivel range of 23 degrees, with both traction units controlled by a common distribution unit.

The latest Claas Scorpion 741 features the company's new Varipower 2 twin-motor transmission
The latest Claas Scorpion 741 features the company’s new Varipower 2 twin-motor transmission.

As before, the operator can select three driving ranges – 0 to 15km/hr, 0 to 30km/hr and 0 to 40km/hr – with a simple press of a thumb. The top speed is reached at a reduced, fuel-saving engine speed.

Varipower 2 transfers just as high torque to the wheels as the previous Varipower transmission. The simple design dispenses with the need for transfer gears, ensuring a high level of wear tolerance and long service life. The new feature is that the housing oil is continuously extracted from the drive housing by a powerful Venturi tube that significantly reduces churning losses when driving at speed. This ensures maximum efficiency and low fuel consumption, even on fast road journeys.

The Scorpion 960, 756 and 746 will continue to work with the Varipower (746) and the high-performance Varipower Plus transmission (756, 960) with wide-angle hydrostatic pump and second displacement motor.

The 2022 Claas Scorpion 732 telehandler aslo benefits from the new Varipower 2 transmission
The 2022 Claas Scorpion 732 telehandler aslo benefits from the new Varipower 2 transmission.

New options for the Scorpion include the latest-generation Claas cameras. These can be mounted at the rear and on the telescopic arm or hitch frame and are housed inside a new holder for optimum protection. The image is transferred to a separate display in the cab that switches automatically to the rear camera when reversing. This greatly increases safety and convenience for the operator. Integrated heating inside the camera housing prevents the lens from misting up or freezing when the weather is cold or wet.

A new four-digit counter is also available within easy reach of the joystick for manually counting load cycles. Other new features include an LED flashing beacon, self-cancelling indicators and additional tyre options. The rear of the vehicle can now be accessed without tools.