A significant milestone has been reached by Jacobs Vehicle Systems, the world’s leading manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engine retarding systems and valve actuation mechanisms, with the sale of its one millionth engine brake for Daimler Trucks’ heavy duty engine platform (HDEP).

Daimler Trucks has relied for more than 10 years on the braking performance of the “Jake Brake®”, an especially effective turbocharged compression release brake integrated into the engine and the engine control unit, which is both quiet and effective.

Delivering an outstanding performance of up to 480 kW, the six-cylinder engine is available with displacement ranges between 10.7 litre and 15.6 litre and output levels from 240 kW to 480 kW. Heavy-duty commercial vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz Actros, Antos and Arocs, the Freightliner Cascadia and the Super Great from FUSO as well as the touring coaches and interurban buses from Mercedes-Benz and Setra are powered by this engine with an integrated Jacobs Engine Brake.

“With this one millionth engine brake for the heavy duty world engines, we recognise another significant milestone for us, and one that we can all be very proud of. We also recognise that this would not exist without the strong collaboration between the Daimler engineering team and our experts in engine braking technologies,” said Paul Paré, Senior Director, Marketing and Business Development, Jacobs Vehicle Systems.

As Jacobs continues to drive innovation to meet the ever-changing market demands, the company has developed and validated an enhanced version of its already successful HPD (High Power Density) technology. This latest technology delivers braking power twice as high as the previous versions at low engine speeds. Jacobs’ new technology achieves an impressive peak braking power of 611 kW in a 12.8 litre engine at 2,500 rpm.