School buses aren’t exactly the most exciting vehicles. Designed to transport children to and from school, these leviathans lead thankless lives and are difficult to drive, especially when filled with children.
But what if you need something that can double as a school bus, as well as a go-anywhere vehicle. Well, you don’t have to look any further than Torsus, a Czech company specializing in the manufacture of off-road 4×4 buses.
It’s the Praetorian school bus, and it’s a badass looking school bus on steroids. Built and designed “for the world’s toughest school trips,” this bus can carry 35 students over any terrain in comfort and safety.
It’s based on the same platform as the standard Praetorian 4×4 bus, which means it has a sturdy MAN chassis, upgraded suspension with bigger springs, and massive 20-inch alloy rims with Michelin 395/85 tires. The result is 340mm of ground clearance, approach and departure angles of 32 and 36 degrees respectively, and the ability to wade through water as high as 900mm.
Powering this school bus beast is a 6.9-liter turbodiesel inline-six that generates 290 hp and 1150 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to a nine-speed automatic transmission with manual selection. To make sure it can go the distance, this bus has a 300-liter fuel tank. In addition to this, the school bus also features locking differentials front and rear and an optional air suspension system for increased capacity.
“The Torsus Praetorian is designed to be adaptable and versatile, so naturally we are looking for other ways to use the bus in various situations around the world. The school bus was one of the first ideas we had, because the Praetorian is a safe and strong vehicle that we know can protect its occupants even in the most difficult conditions ”, said Vakhtang Dzhukashvili, CEO of Torsus.
If your typical school run is filled with all kinds of terrain and off-road debris, the Praetorian School Bus may be the vehicle you need to get to. And if that’s not what you need, Torsus also makes other Praetorian Buses that can be used for evacuation, landing, safari, as well as a Motorsport Assistance Vehicle.