TORSUS announced the growth of its continued cooperation with MAN Truck & Bus, following an agreement for MAN Truck & Bus to manufacture the TORSUS PRAETORIAN’s skeleton chassis. TORSUS has worked in close collaboration with MAN Truck & Bus, since 2017, to develop the PRAETORIAN.
MAN Truck & Bus’ 300,000 square-metre produces some of the world’s most innovative buses. With a 2,700-strong highly skilled workforce based there, each TORSUS PRAETORIAN skeleton produced at the site will be carefully crafted to ensure it meets all their customers’ needs, wherever they are in the world.
Using similar processes and techniques to those used in the manufacturing of its own buses, MAN Truck & Bus use protective gases during the precision welding process of the PRAETORIAN’s skeleton, before it undergoes cataphoretic painting for protection against corrosion, then varnishing, and finishing with a final coat of paint. All of this ensures that the product is of the highest quality possible when it leaves the factory, before heading to TORSUS’ purpose-built factory in Horné Srnie, Slovakia, for final assembly.
Designed to transport up to 35 people and their equipment safely across the world’s harshest environments, the PRAETORIAN is a 10-tonne 4×4 off-road bus based on an upgraded, heavy-duty MAN TGM chassis. It is powered by a 6.9L six-cylinder MAN diesel engine with 286bhp and 1,150Nm of torque, as well as a heavy-duty 4×4 off-road transmission – sufficient for the bus to easily climb a 65 percent incline.
The MAN Truck & Bus Starachowice plant produces over 1,600 buses and 520 bus chassis a year, exported to customers in countries all over the world including Germany, France, Georgia, Norway, Sweden and Saudi Arabia.