Torsus unveils Terrastorm versatile heavy-duty off-road 4x4 minibus
Engineered and manufactured at Torsus’ production plant in Slovakia, the heart of this unique 4x4 vehicle manufacturing in Central Europe, the designer’s team applied its expert knowledge gained from producing the Praetorian, the world’s first production off-road bus, to design a new ultra-tough 4x4 minibus.
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Torsus Terrastorm (Picture source: Torsus)
Designed to transport people and cargo to some of the world’s most inhospitable places, the Terrastorm is based on a Volkswagen Crafter/MAN TGE 4Motion chassis. It features a EURO 6 D 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine offered in two power guises, 140PS (103kW) and 340Nm or 176PS (130kW) and 410Nm, mated to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Terrastorm has undergone a rigorous test program at multiple test facilities in and around the Czech Republic and Slovakia including the iconic Tatra testing ground. This ensures the vehicle can withstand and handle beyond normal off-road usage whilst remaining usable and comfortable on road. Inside, the Terrastorm can accommodate 9 to 20 passengers.
Vakhtang Dzhukashvili, founder and CEO of Torsus, said: “At Torsus, we believe that strong, rugged, commercial vehicles aren’t only for working hours but can be used for fun as well. The Terrastorm aims to break that tradition as we set new standards in this market. We have taken what we know from Praetorian and translated it to a smaller overall footprint, but the dependability and toughness remain. By working with customers and listening to feedback and hearing their problems, we find solutions to create the ultimate off-road minibus”.
The vehicle is offered in two trim levels – TT1 Coach and TT2 Nomad, both of which include an upgraded chassis and off-road suspension, all-wheel drive with a locking rear differential, integrated winch in the Torsus front bumper capable of towing up to 5,500kg, durable scratch-resistant coating on the lower body panels, and a bespoke Duraluminium skid plate running from the engine and gearbox down to the rear differential and fuel tank to protect from being damaged in inhospitable conditions. TT2 Nomad adds a front metal bull-bar and rear light metal grilles, roof rack with integrated lights, spare tire rack and rear ladder.
The off-road suspension has been upgraded to ensure optimum on and off-road capability. Upfront, MacPherson struts and Bilstein B6 shock absorbers offer optimum comfort. With the increased ride height, Ironman 4x4 Adjustable Camber bolts are fitted to offer ± 1.75 degrees camber adjustment.
At the rear, the suspension is a combination of leaf springs equipped with Ironman 4x4 Load Plus and optional Profender Dakar shock absorbers with remote auxiliary reservoirs extended axle stroke. The combination of uprated off-road suspension and heavy-duty 17-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires gives the Terrastorm a ground clearance of 290mm, approach and departure angles of 26 degrees and 20 degrees, and a wading depth of 690mm. The ‘Deep Wave’ pack allows the Terrastorm to wade through up to 820mm of water.
Torsus Praetorian (Picture source: Torsus)