2012 Racing Bus
The Norwegian Lux-Truck (a luxurious RV) was based on Volvo FM. Its chassis had been lengthened one meter in Norway, and a support frame and a tail lift frame had been added. Along with the machine came also initial sketches of how the final outcome could look like.
The first works were to adjust the support frame for the van we designed, fix the cabin on the frame and re-do all the junctions. What is notable is that the cover construction of the RV was all glued together; bolts were used only in some places when attaching the bottom and rivets in some junctions. The greatest challenge was the smooth linking of the cabin and van to keep the vehicle strong while used as a truck. Only front window, doors and radiator remained from the original.
Second complex solution was the slide-out couch thanks to which the space in the RV expands by 1.7 square meters. The slide-out was designed with a closed bottom edge, which should be one of a kind in Europe at the moment and it should also make the RV keep warmth better. Ventilation for kitchen and shower room is also interesting – it works through left side window. To suit with the conditions in Norway we made all the glasses dark, triple pane. Bottom of the cabin was also completely re-done and it can now be opened to reach the engine. Additional two seats were added in the cabin so the car now has four seats. The cabin was cushioned and covered in leather.
The living room and bedroom part of the RV were also covered with soft leather. Custom sized mattresses were made for the bedrooms. The furniture was custom made from quality plywood that was covered with imitation wood plastic. We used the same technology in covering some walls also. TV stand and kitchen countertops were made of polished stone, the stove works with diesel for safety.
Both exterior and interior lighting are based on LED lamps. Both the van space and cabin have a starry sky. The truck has a generator, a compressor and electric outlet, thanks to which the truck can be used in the middle of nowhere for a shorter period or longer, in case of a source of electricity is nearby. The truck has a toilet, shower, air conditioning, ventilation, TV, audio and heating system for the van space. TV case that can be opened from the outside is located on the right side of the bus. Along with speakers it can be used outside of the TV.
The interior of the garage space located in the back of the truck is covered in knurled aluminium plates. We provided the tail lift with folding ramps to load the racing cars on or off. Bottom of the truck was covered with zinc profile plate, additionally all fenders got new plastic wheel arches that were separately made for each wheel.
According to our knowledge, this is the first custom made Lux-Truck built in Estonia with details made specially for this truck.
2011 Racing Bus
The client looked all over Europe for a reliable partner for the expansive remodelling of the bus. Finally, they found Busland from Estonia. We decided to accept the challenge and take on the exceptional work.
The bus to go under construction was Neoplan Megaliner N128/3, manufactured in 1992, length 14.9, height 3.9 meters, engine 375 kW, 4 axles, out of which 3 are rotating.
The bus was mainly selected for its measures. The size of the bus made the client think of a space for two racing cars, normal seating and sleeping places for 14 team members, full size shower room and toilet and, as pièce de résistance, a kitchen with a stove, microwave, oven, etc. Also, a 7.5 kW electric generator was installed on the bus which enables the use of regular electrical tools on the bus. The final result was to be as ergonomic as possible and consider the height of an average Nordic man.
Colour scheme requests were black and white both inside and out; natural leather on seats and dashboard and stainless metal and aluminium in the racing cars space and kitchen. Additionally, the client wished to use LED lights everywhere on the bus. Also, an about 100 square meter tent was built on the right side of the bus, which fits all three racing cars.
The racing cars were supposed to be placed in the back of the bus on two stories above one another. In order to fit the cars in the bus, an approximately 5 meter piece had to be cut out from the second story's floor and a large hatch and scissor lift had to be placed in the back.
But due to the reconstructions the outer measures of the bus got bigger. The final length of the bus was 15.28 meters (maximum allowed in Norway) and height 4.1 meters (also very close to the maximum limit). The back was reconstructed in Sweden; everything else was done at our workshop.
It is the only reconstruction of a bus this size for a racing team. All other Nordic teams use trucks with caravans.