We were asked to design this fully custom vehicle to follow the olympic torch as it toured around the UK in 2012. Following athletes around the country in the build-up to the olympic games, acting as a mobile studio to capture and edit content as it followed the celebrity torch bearer around the UK.
A Scania truck was used as the base vehicle, and a complex hydraulic folding roof system was designed to allow it to fit under low bridges in the country’s historic areas, but have a safe usable space on the upper deck for VIPs and sponsors, while keeping full height space in the studio below.
A streamlined design was created, taking inspiration from speed boat design to shape the front and rear roof visors. There were two x 6m long high definition LED screens on each side which could play live feed content from a fully operating studio inside.
To ensure it was safe for staff to get on and off as it drove at walking speed we created a larch platform around the staircase to allow safe access for multiple staff while keeping an aerodynamic look to the rear vehicle design.