This bonkers bus will literally take you anywhere.
School buses don't need to be boring. Last year, Torsus created the world's toughest school bus based on the Praetorian. This is the same company that also developed the world's toughest minivan. With its rugged looks and impressive off-road capability, the Praetorian is the Jeep Wrangler of buses, capable of charging up steep mountains, driving through sand dunes, and wading through deep rivers. This bonkers bus will take you literally anywhere.
Now, Torsus has made the Praetorian even better thanks to a host of updates for the 2021 model year. To help the Praetorian cope with challenging conditions, the halogen lights have been replaced with new LED headlights providing enhanced illumination.
Each unit provides 4,100 lumens, more than three times brighter than a high-beam halogen light on a car. Roof-mounted lights can also be fitted for better visibility.
To improve the comfort for passengers during journeys in hot-weather climates, the air conditioning system has also been upgraded and can cool down a full bus of 35 passengers from 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 86 degrees in just three minutes and from 140 F to 68 F in less than 15 minutes. It's so effective that it can keep the engine cool when climbing sand dunes to prevent it from overheating. Other new comfort features include extra space between the seats and screens on the back of the seats that can connect to your smartphone.
To meet new EU safety regulations, the passenger door has been redesigned and will now open and close in under eight seconds. It also automatically closes when the speed gets to 1.86 mph and new sensors prevent passengers or obstacles getting trapped in the doorway. New extending and retracting footsteps and entrance bars provide easier access. There's also a new fire protection system.
Like last year's model, the Torsus Praetorian is powered by a six-cylinder MAN diesel engine with 286 hp and 682 lb-ft of torque. A heavy-duty 4x4 off-road transmission enables the bonkers bus to climb a 65 percent incline and wade through water up to 35 inches deep.