ESM 500 powershift transmission

The ESM 500 is an outstanding transmission for modern combat tanks. It features five forward and two reverse gears. It is also equipped with a high-performance brake system with a secondary retarder and carbon friction brakes. Developed and produced by RENK, the ESM 500 was manufactured in series for the French combat tank LECLERC.


ESM 500

For tracked vehicles 50-70 t

Power range
750–1,200 kW (1,600 HP)

5 forward gears /
2 reverse gears

Technical data

1,530 x 1,130 x 720 mm
Maximum engine performance:
1,200 kW (1,600 HP)
Weight class:
Powershift transmission:
5 forward gears, 2 reverse gears
Overall gear ratio, mechanical:
Transmission weight (without oil):
1,800 kg
Brake system:
Integrated, high-performance system


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