Olympic Torch Relay

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.