FIT FOR PURPOSE -Vivaro Race Van Concept | VAN REVIEW

Designing the interior can make all the difference to efficiency and practicality.

Hard on the heels of the recent announcement of the sale of the Vauxhall brand in the United Kingdom to French conglomerate PSA, comes the reveal of two new concept vans from the British van maker.

Representing the first release of new concepts in over a decade, the idea behind the programme was to develop a special fit-out that celebrated Vauxhall’s commercial vehicle partnership for the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship (BSB).

Debuting at the first BSB race of the 2017 season, which was held at Donington Park raceway on the first weekend of April, the Vivaro Race Van Concept and the Movano Race Van Concept will be on display at all UK BSB race meetings throughout the season.


VIVARO RACE VAN CONCEPT

Based on the best-selling Brit-built Vivaro panel van, the Vivaro Race Van Concept was designed in consultation with industry experts including Sortimo.

During the working week this, Vivaro is completely functional as a mobile workshop supporting any number of trade professionals, however, on a non-working day it can be easily transformed into a race-day van to support track-day or even off-road motorcycling.

The cargo layout is well-considered and appropriately flexible. Along the driver side, the layout features a combination of fixed racking and removable lightweight mobile workstations. Decamping from the Vivaro into the pits or paddock couldn’t be easier. The passenger side has folding shelves to store additional kit.

Emptied and folded up against the body, the space adjacent to the motorbike is maximised to help easier access in and out, and there is also space allocated for paddock stands, fuel, spare tyres, racing kit and a ramp. And for a long day at the track, there are also a number of built-in comfort features including a fold-down bench seat on the bulkhead, microwave, refrigerator and a 32-inch smart television.

The exterior is covered in an eye-catching livery that has been specially designed by Motormode and features the Vauxhall Griffin riding a motorbike.

MOVANO RACE VAN CONCEPT

Based on the popular Movano L2H2 panel, the Movano Race Van Concept was also designed in consultation with industry experts including Sortimo, with the purpose of providing support and transport for the smaller and more budget-conscious motorcycle racing teams.

Unlike the Vivaro Concept, the cargo layout on the Movano is intended to be permanent. Along the driver’s side the layout features a combination of a workbench and fixed racking. The toolboxes in the workbench can be removed. The opposite passenger side has folding shelves to store additional kit.

Emptied and folded against the body, space adjacent to the motorbike can be maximised to help get it in and out easily. There is also space allocated for paddock stands, fuel, spare tyres, racing kit and a ramp.

The Movano Race Concept also features a sided awning to enable an all-weather enclosed workspace adjacent to the van. This gives the team a viable workspace for a race weekend.

A number of built-in comfort features include a fold-down bench seat on the bulkhead, microwave, refrigerator, wash basin and a 40-inch smart television.

VIVARO RACE VAN CONCEPT FULL SPECIFICATION

Based on the new up-level Vivaro Limited Edition NAV L2H1 F2900 145 PS bi-turbo S/S, its features include:

  • FlexCargo
  • Dual passenger bench with fold-flat centre section
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control and rear parking sensors
  • NAVI50 Intellilink
  • Auto-lights
  • Auto-wipers
  • Black alloy wheels

 Racking

  • Provided and installed by Sortimo UK
  • Sobo Grip+ crash tested safety floor (9.0 mm)
  • Sowa Flex wall, door upper and ceiling linings
  • Pro-Safe lashing rail with Pro-Safe straps (on bulkhead)
  • Driver-side racking features:
    • Pro-Safe lashing rail on wall
    • Lightweight Globelyst racking including, fuel-can shelf to end of rack; component S-boxes; integrated front-load fridge; lift-up base cover; worktop with two drawers; first-aid kit and document holder to end of racking. All racking includes full Pro-Safe lashing system with Pro-Safe straps.
    • WorkMo mobile workstations include drawers; L-Boxes; PPE cupboard; tool holder trays on top
  • Passenger-side racking features:
    • Two-tier Flex Rack unit with full integrated Pro-Safe lashing system

Weight of Sortimo equipment (including fridge) = 220 kg

Other Equipment

  • Installed by Sortimo UK
  • 32-inch flatscreen TV with wall bracket
  • BikeTek wheel chock with quick-release baseplate
  • Upholstered bench seat on bulkhead
  • LED lighting
  • Small Breville 800-watt microwave
  • Shore Power electrical system Including 2000-watt isolation transformer, 240-volt/12-volt DC transformer, consumer unit & ancillaries
  • TRP688S motorcycle ramp

MOVANO RACE VAN CONCEPT FULL SPECIFICATION

The Movano Race Concept is based on one of the most popular Movano panel van configurations: the F3300 L2H2 powered by the new 2.3-litre CDTi (130 PS) BlueInjection engine. It has been optioned with the Premium Pack (NAVI50 Intellilink, rear parking sensors, air conditioning, trip computer) and also a perimeter alarm has been fitted.

 

Racking

  • Provided and installed by Sortimo UK
  • Sobo Grip+ crash tested safety floor (9.0 mm)
  • Sowa Flex wall, door upper and ceiling linings
  • Pro-Safe lashing rail with Pro-Safe straps (on bulkhead)
  • Driver-side racking features:
    • Lightweight Globelyst racking including, drop-front shelf; fuel can shelf; tyre space with Pro-Safe strap; open top shelf with matt & dividers; component S-boxes; small open shelf; drawer with integrated wash basin and cupboard with waste/clean water containers; integrated front-load fridge; lift-up base cover; worktop with four drawers; two LT tool boxes & lift-up base cover; first-aid kit & document holder to end of racking. All racking includes full Pro-Safe lashing system with Pro-Safe straps.
  • Passenger-side racking features:
    • Two-tier Flex Rack unit with fully-integrated Pro-Safe lashing system

Weight of Sortimo equipment (including fridge) = 240 kg

 Awning

  • Provided by Camperlands UK
  • Fiamma F65 320 awning with single end-panel (Side W Pro). This gives a shaded area 3.1 m in length along van, and extends 2.5 m in depth

 Other Equipment

  • Installed by Sortimo UK
  • 40″ flatscreen TV and wall bracket
  • BikeTek wheel chock with quick-release baseplate
  • Upholstered bench seat on bulkhead
  • LED lighting
  • Small Breville 800-watt microwave
  • Shore power electrical system including 2000-watt isolation transformer, 240-volt/12-volt DC transformer, consumer unit & ancillaries
  • TRP688S motorcycle ramp
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