The Czech company Torsus, which employs many immigrants from Ukraine, presented its new project – the Terrastorm off-road minivan, built on the basis of the Volkswagen Crafter / MAN TGE 4Motion all-wheel drive vans.
Torsus Terrastorm donor machines can be easily distinguished by the presence of a plastic body kit, the protective linings of which effectively mask the integrated winch with a pulling force of 5.5 tons.
Interestingly, the body of the minibus also has a special protective coating. Plus, the car has five-millimeter aluminum plates installed under the bottom that cover the engine, transmission, radiator, as well as the rear axle, fuel tank and a container with AdBlue liquid.
Off-road modification also gives out a high 290 mm ground clearance and wheels “shod” in tires BF Goodrich All Terrain T / A KO2. The angles of entry and exit here are equal to 26 and 20 degrees, respectively. Thanks to such indicators, the machine is capable of storming fords up to 690 mm deep, and when ordering the optional Deep Wave package – up to 820 mm.
The minivan can accommodate up to 20 people, while all seats installed in the cab have a sheet metal frame and three-point seat belts, although the latter can be replaced with five-point belts for a surcharge. Customers are also offered a choice of seat upholstery – fabric or eco-leather.
Plus, the Czechs are ready to configure the interior of the car according to the individual preferences of the customer. For example, the seats in the cabin can be installed opposite each other, and a multifunctional table can be placed between them. Already in the database, each passenger is offered ventilation deflectors, speakers and an individual lamp. The floor has a 2mm anti-slip PVC coating, and the entire compartment is lined with 30mm thermal insulation.
Of the technical features of the Torsus Terrastorm, it is worth noting the reinforced chassis: MacPherson struts and Bilstein B6 gas shock absorbers are installed in front of the car. At the rear, the Czechs used springs with Ironman 4 × 4 Load Plus amplifiers, while Profender Dakar shock absorbers with durable reservoirs were offered for an additional fee.
For the off-road minibus, two two-liter biturbo diesels are available, with the first one producing 140 hp. and 340 Nm, and the second – 176 forces and 410 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic is offered from the boxes. The model also boasts all-wheel drive and a rear differential lock.
Interestingly, to demonstrate the capabilities of the novelty, the Czechs built two special copies of the Terrastorm. The first one is called “Cargo” and is a cargo version of the model in the simplest configuration. According to the creators, such a car may be of interest to service teams and courier services that have to deliver goods to hard-to-reach places.
The second option is called “Medicav” and is an ambulance. The developers note that, if necessary, it can be retrofitted with defibrillators, an oxygen supply system and electrocardiographs. The start of sales of Torsus Terrastorm is scheduled for the third quarter of 2020 at a price of 57,461 euros (4.9 million rubles at the current exchange rate).