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Is this the world's first off-road bus?

23/10/2018
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Quite possibly! Here at EngineeringPro we’ve certainly never seen anything else like it… Czech start-up Torsus has launched the Praetorian- what they claim to be the world’s first heavy duty 4 X 4 off road bus, designed to transport personnel and equipment across rough ground and in tough conditions.
The Torsus Praetorian is possibly the world's first 4x4 off-road bus!
(Image via Torsus).

The Torsus Praetorian is very clearly aimed at supporting those engineering and natural resources industries that operate in remote and inhospitable locations such as mining, forestry, oil and gas. The bus concept is aimed at helping companies save money. Instead of transporting workers in a convoy of multiple SUVs a single bus can be used instead.
The Torsus Praetorian shows off its off-road credentials on its ruggedly designed exterior.
(Image via Torsus).

The Praetorian sits upon a MAN chassis, giving it an (under axle) ground clearance of 389mm, with a wheelbase of 4200mm. It’s also powered by a MAN 6-cylinder diesel engine over 240 hp paired with a MAN/ZF 12-speed automatic transmission and a 4x4 system. 
The Torsus Praetorian was debuted at the Hillhead mining expo in the UK in June.
(Image via Torsus).

Inside, you’ll find 35 seats and room for cargo or luggage. And don’t think that because this is an off-road vehicle that you will have to forego comfort! The Praetorian is fitted with centralised heating and AC, along with personal lights for each passenger and a central DVD and screen system.
The Torsus Praetorian matches exterior toughness with interior comfort for passengers.
(Image via Torsus).

The bus is now in the process of applying for various forms of certification so that it can compliantly operate across several industries and locations. Torsus is currently collaborating with several agencies to ensure that the Praetorian meets ROPS (rollover protection structure) and FOPS (falling object protective structure) certification. It’s also in the process of becoming fully bus certified in the European Union following the vehicle’s debut at the Hillhead mining expo in the UK back in June.
The Torsus Praetorian sits upon a MAN chassis and is powered by a MAN diesel engine.
(Image via Torsus).

The Praetorian began production back in May 2018, and Torsus is now in the process of establishing a global production and distribution network.
Whilst the Praetorian currently comes with a diesel engine Torsus is actively exploring offering electric and hybrid options.
(Image via Torsus).

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Recent Comments
Certainly not the first. Kamaz has been producing them for years. Used to have two in Azerbaijan taking the crews to and from our rigs, in the hills above Ali Bayramli.
Jim Simpson, 24 October 2018
Hi Jim, Thanks for your comment! We will have to write an article about those Kamaz trucks here on EngineeringPro. All the best, Matt
Matt Donnelly, 25 October 2018
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