Mack delivers its most luxurious truck for Malaysian royal
THE most glamorous and expensive truck ever to roll out of Mack's Australian factory has been handed over to its new royal owner - Malaysia's Sultan of Johor.
The dazzling Super-Liner boasts an array of incredible features, including a luxury leisure deck, gold-thread embroidery and even a golden tiger hood ornament.
Its price tag is a well-kept secret, but it's certainly the highest ever for a Mack truck, easily smashing the previous record of $481,000 for a customised US-built rig.
Sultan Ibrahim Ismail turned to Mack Trucks Australia, based at Wacol in Brisbane, when he decided he needed a new royal rig to transport his private powerboat around Malaysia.
Company vice-president Dean Bestwick flew to Singapore to meet the Sultan in person a year ago and was blown away by the design brief he received.
"The fanciest extra in most Aussie trucks is a microwave or a small fridge," Mr Bestwick said.
"We'd never contemplated the features that have been included in His Majesty's truck.
"This is the most luxurious truck to have been built in Australia and probably the planet."
The customised features include:
- A specially-built sleeper unit 80 per cent larger than standard and fully upholstered with imported South African leather.
- Royal emblems embroidered into the front seats with 72,000 stitches of gold thread.
- A gold tiger hood ornament specially commissioned from Wallace Bishop.
- A rear leisure deck complete with sun shades, deck chairs and pull-out barbecue.
- Solid jarrah timber flooring throughout the cab, sleeper unit and rear leisure deck.
- A six-camera CCTV system linked to two flatscreen TVs inside the vehicle.
- Police-standard flashing lights and an ear-popping four air-horns.
- Programmable strip-lighting built into the full length of the cab and deck flooring.
- A stone-topped kitchen area including fridge, microwave and grill.
- Extra-wide Michelin X1 tyres for the smoothest possible ride.
- A Bose surround sound system and X-Box and Playstation consoles.
Sultan Ibrahim said he was delighted with the end result and praised the 35-strong Mack team who worked on the rig.
"I have always appreciated Australia's engineering skills and have collected a few Holden cars over the years," the Sultan said.
"Mack has done a wonderful job and I'm looking forward to showing its workmanship to the people of Johor as soon as the Super-Liner is shipped over."
The Sultan is a transport enthusiast and his private car collection includes Aston Martins, Ferraris and Bentleys, as well as 10 Cadillacs and eight Rolls-Royces.
The truck, which boasts 685hp and a top speed of 100km/h, has been painted in the red, white and blue colours of Johor.
Its other special features include external LED lighting, heat and sound insulation, a 5kva generator and fully-ducted air-conditioning system.
But Mack's work isn't quite done.
A team of engineers will fly to Singapore to unload the truck after it is shipped from the Port of Brisbane and will then carry out a test run with the rig towing the Sultan's powerboat.