Every year, Wengen in Switzerland hosts the Lauberhornrennen, one of the most prestigious races in the World Ski Championship.
For the 2019 Championship, the building of the VIP grandstand was entrusted to the Nüssli Group, a company specialising in the construction of temporary structures for major international events.
For the Lauberhornrennen, Nüssli successfully used our Pegasus 40.25 construction telehandler in place of a conventional crane, thereby improving its productivity in various ways.
The VIP grandstand is an impressive structure weighing 150 tonnes, measuring 22 metres high, 70 metres long and 23 metres wide, and seating up to 570 people. It is located next to the piste, right next to the station where the cogwheel train arrives: a position that further complicates the assemblers’ job, together with the sloping terrain, limited space, widely fluctuating temperatures, unpredictable weather and pressure to deliver a good job within a short time frame.
A rotary telehandler for difficult working conditions
The large incline was no problem for the Pegasus, which is equipped with an excellent self-levelling system, adaptive loading software and an anti-crash system, all of which eliminated the risks caused by the tricky ground conditions.
The large size of the structure and the limited available space also posed no problems for the vehicle. With its maximum lifting height of 24 metres and 360° continuous rotation, our Pegasus could reach every point of the structure as it took shape, precisely and delicately depositing loads up to 4000 kg wherever they were needed. Not even the unpredictable weather and fluctuating temperatures presented a challenge, at least from a technical point of view: the 105 kW FTP engine responded very well, starting readily even at temperatures far below zero, and the LOAD SENSING hydraulic system was equally reliable.
The issue of comfort was slightly more complex, however, as unfortunately only one operator at a time could escape the frigid alpine wind by retreating into the spacious, comfortable cabin and enjoying the excellent air conditioning system.