MAN MOVES INTO OUTSIDE BROADCAST
Specialist engineering and coachbuilding company, Spectra, has chosen an MAN TGS 26.440 6x2 rigid chassis on which to produce its latest hand built, multi-million pound Outside Broadcast unit for the Swiss national TV broadcaster, RTS.
With the ingenious use of hydraulics, the unique bodywork expands to almost double its ‘in transit’ size to become a full-service outside broadcast facility, complete with studio and editing suite. Spectra designed and fitted all the power systems, air-conditioning and consoles.
Although built in Westbury in Wiltshire, Spectra took receipt of the left-hand-drive vehicle through a Swiss-based MAN Truck Centre. Spectra’s contract to fit out the bodywork came from a leading electronics company which supplied and installed the electronic equipment.
“It’s been a true partnership with MAN,” said Spectra’s General Manager, Stephen Allberry, “With such a complicated project, cooperation is key, and MAN has been right on board with us. We would certainly recommend the MAN TGS chassis, too. The uncluttered chassis arrangement, no AdBlue tank and low unladen weight gave us the flexibility to build an exacting specification,” he said.
Established in 1987, Spectra provides vehicle building, refurbishment, repairs and bespoke fabrications for a wide range of end users.