Leipzig is powered by MAN: Impressive new signing for the Red Bulls
He puts in top performances off the pitch so that the footballers can give their all on match day: RB Leipzig have a new team bus. In future, the players and coaches will travel to their home and away matches in a luxurious MAN Lion's Coach.
- New team bus officially handed over to RB Leipzig
- “Fascinating experience”: Head coach Julian Nagelsmann talks about his first trip in the Lion’s Coach L
- With this luxurious coach, the Red Bulls have opted for an award-winning top model that is customised to meet the club's needs
Huge games at the top end of the table: RB Leipzig are giving it their all in Germany’s football Bundesliga. Even away from the pitch, head coach Julian Nagelsmann has plenty of quality to rely on: On 14 March, Christoph Huber, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland GmbH, symbolically handed over the keys to the new team bus – an MAN Lion's Coach L – to Oliver Mintzlaff, CEO of RB Leipzig.
“Our partnership with RB Leipzig means a lot to us and we are delighted that an MAN bus will continue to take the team safely and comfortably to their matches,” says Andreas Tostmann, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus SE, talking about the cooperation with RB Leipzig. He adds: “With this new team bus, the Red Bulls, like many other top European clubs, have opted for an award-winning model – a top vehicle for a top team.”
Coach Julian Nagelsmann at the wheel of the MAN Lion’s Coach L
“Our new bus is an outstanding signing – not bad for halfway through the season. It was an amazing experience to drive the bus myself. You don't get to try out a 14-metre powerhouse with 510 hp every day,” says Nagelsmann, who was one of the first to sit behind the steering wheel and put the new addition to the team through his paces in a barricaded area. “I’m impressed by how smooth and steady the MAN Lion’s Coach is to drive. With so many away games, it is important that we are able to use the time spent on the bus effectively, particularly with regard to relaxation, recuperation and focussing on our goals. Given all the extra features our new bus has, it is just perfect for that,” says the head coach.
The team bus is a retreat for athletes and coaches
“We are delighted about our partnership with MAN and the new MAN Lion's Coach. Away games mean our team is on the road a lot – and hopefully on international trips too as much as possible, of course,” says RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff, adding: “A comfortable team bus as a mobile haven of calm and tranquillity is all the more important when it comes to making the trips as pleasant as possible for our team. That's why, for example, we paid great attention to the smoothness of the engine in order to ensure a quiet atmosphere on board. Driving safety was also of paramount importance to us – a requirement our new bus fulfils perfectly”.
Above all else, it is the interior fittings and the spacious interior that make the team bus so luxurious. The 33 passenger seats with adjustable footrests and backrests allow the top athletes to kick back and relax on long journeys. Eight of them also have electrically adjustable leg rests. LED lighting and the lighting concept also contribute to the pleasant atmosphere. Those who are looking for entertainment can make use of the extensive multimedia equipment including four 19-inch monitors and one 22-inch monitor, Apple TV and sound system, LTE WLAN access as well as HDMI and USB connections. The two electrically adjustable face-to-face tables are perfect for meetings between coaches, the back room staff and players before and after matches. The MAN Lion’s Coach L is also equipped with a luxury kitchen, two refrigerators and many additional storage areas and lockers.
A real eye-catcher, and extremely safe
By the way: It is patently obvious who is travelling on this unique coach. After all, the club logo and the phrase “Leipzig fährt MAN” (Leipzig is powered by MAN) are emblazoned on the front and back of the bus, which is powered by the efficient 6-cylinder, Euro 6 D2676 LOH diesel engine. With the automated 12-speed MAN TipMatic Coach manually operated gearbox with integrated retarder, a particularly smooth ride is guaranteed. The MAN Lion's Coach L is also equipped with numerous assistance systems such as the ESP Electronic Stability Program, the Lane Guard System, the Emergency Brake Assistant, rain/light sensor, Adaptive Cruise Control with stop & go function and the MAN AttentionGuard attention assistant. What’s more, the MAN OptiView mirror replacement system improves the degree of economic efficiency and safety. Cameras on both sides of the vehicle provide real-time imaging on two displays that can be seen easily by the driver, thus eliminating the blind spot. In addition, the bus is equipped with the MAN BirdView periphery monitoring system, which features a digital LCD monitor and six cameras with infrared LEDs.