Torsus Praetorian gets updated
Torsus, manufacturer of heavy-duty off-road buses, is announcing a comprehensive range of technical updates for its flagship vehicle, the Torsus Praetorian.
Designed to transport personnel and equipment safely across the world’s harshest environments, the Praetorian is a 4×4 off-road bus based on an upgraded, heavy-duty MAN chassis. It is powered by a six-cylinder MAN diesel engine with 286bhp and 1,150Nm of torque, as well as a heavy-duty 4×4 off-road transmission. It has Michelin XZL off-road tyres specifically designed for emergency response and tactical vehicles and the military-grade elastomeric coatings engineered for maximum durability and impact resistance applied to body parts, it is engineered to master any terrain, in any weather conditions, anywhere in the world.
The manufacturer has replaced the Praetorian’s halogen lights with highly energy-efficient all-new LED headlights, which are intended to provide significantly enhanced illumination. Roof-mounted lights are also offered for even greater levels of visibility and safety.
Its engineers have bolstered the performance of the vehicle’s air-conditioning system. Working closely with Webasto, the off-roader’s air-conditioning has been upgraded, allowing it to protect passengers from temperatures as high as 60°C.
To comply with the latest EU regulations, Torsus has redesigned the operating system of the Praetorian’s passenger door, facilitating the smooth opening and closing in less than eight seconds. To ensure optimum safety, the door automatically closes once the vehicle speedometer reaches 3km/h. All-new pneumatic extending and retracing footsteps and new entrance bars make it more convenient and safer for passengers to enter and exit the vehicle than before. And an updated emergency evacuation system has also been integrated into all doors, which feature both interior and exterior emergency release buttons, and roof hatches.
The vehicle features a bus stop brake system, which utilises the air service brake equipment of the rear axle with a pressure of 3.5 bar and negates the need for the service brake or parking brake to be applied during frequent stops.
A new, automatic, fast-acting fire-suppression system developed by BlazeCut is now fitted to the Praetorian. As per mandatory legislative requirements the BlazeCut system automatically actuates in the fuel tank area when a fire occurs, which should extinguish the blaze in seconds leaving very minimal damage to the vehicle and keeping occupants safe. Two fire extinguishers are mounted inside the cabin, and new fire-resistant materials and fabrics have also been fitted.
The positioning of the driver’s seat has been realigned, which improves safety with better side-mirror visibility, while passengers now have even more space between seats. The passenger seats have also been upgraded, with the introduction of individual monitors in the back of each seat to facilitate the integration of personal media devices. New, efficiency-enhancing insulation materials in the vehicle walls and roof are being installed, which provide heat retention in cold conditions and help keep the vehicle cool in hot weather.
To enable the Praetorian to cope with extreme cold, Torsus has equipped the vehicle with a CELLO heating panel. This flat, wall-mounted heating panel generates radiant heat by mitigating cold airflow. Even when the temperature outside drops to -10°C
the combination of side wall insulation heating panel should raise the temperature inside the vehicle to +20°C, requiring 19% less energy to do so compared with a conventional heating system.