Off-Roading

The Torsus Preatorian is the world's first heavy-duty 4x4 off-road bus

The Torsus Praetorian is a 35-passenger all-weather people hauler.

Photo courtesy of Torsus

A world where the possibilities seem endless is the world the Torsus Praetorian was built for. It's the world's first heavy-duty 4x4 off-road bus and it's a complete badass.

Designed to transport personnel and safety equipment in the world's toughest climates, the bus features the very best blend of vintage and modern design, helping it to win a Red Dot Award for outstanding design quality. This year, 6,500 products from 60 countries competed to earn a Red Dot Award. Jurors worldwide test all the entries judging the aesthetic, the materials selected, the level of craftsmanship, the surface structure, ergonomics and functionality. After long discussions together, they decide on the design quality of the products, with only the best designs receiving an award.

Torsus Praetorian The bus runs on off-road tires.Photo courtesy of Torsus

The bus has fiberglass body panels that are covered with a scratch-resistant Line-X coating. Buyers can choose from a list of pre-set colors or request a custom job. LED lights are featured on the front and rear. A heavy-duty bull bar is available for the front and rear.

Praetorian is built on an upgraded version of a MAN chassis. It is powered by a MAN 6.9-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine that achieves 240 bhp and 682 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a MAN TipMatic semi-automatic gearbox that is designed to reduce fuel consumption and increase driving comfort.

It rides on 10-hole 20-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin off-road XZL TL tires, which are designed specifically for tactical off-road vehicles. They feature a self-cleaning open-tread design, full-width steel belts and elastic protector ply to protect against off-road hazards, radial casting, and tubeless construction.

The bus has 15.75 inches of ground clearance.

Torsus Praetorian It has a ground clearance of nearly 16 inches.Photo courtesy of Torsus

It's a four-wheel drive vehicle that can not just handle rocks, sand, snow, and ice, but also transport a payload of up to 35 passengers plus equipment as standard. Praetorian has standard parabolic leaf spring axles and power steering.

Though built for conquering, the model has a less utilitarian interior. Its has a pneumatic driver's seat.

Online listings put the price of the model over $150,000.

Torsus Praetorian The bus is designed to conquer dirt trails, sandy conditions, and water.Photo courtesy of Torsus

In addition to the award, on June 22, the Praetorian will be added to the exhibition "Design on Stage" in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen (Germany), where all of the award-winning products will be on show. The Praetorian will also be presented in the online exhibition on the Red Dot website and in the Red Dot Design Yearbook 2020/2021, which comes out in July 2020.

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The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is made to be trail-ready

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If you want to go off-roading but you’re apprehensive behind the wheel? Jeep is introducing the Jeep Adventure Academy, a program that provides hands-on, off-road driving instruction to Jeep 4x4 owners.

"Off-roading is a rite of passage for Jeep 4x4 owners and the new Jeep Adventure Academy will provide key knowledge every off-roader can use for hitting the trails," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA - North America. "The new Jeep Adventure Academy underscores the Jeep brand's commitment to delivering Jeep 4x4 vehicles that provide owners with a sense of capability, safety and security to handle any condition or adventure with confidence."

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Jeep Trailhawk models are trail-tested ahead of their retail salePhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Academy kicks off this October and will take place at select locations nationwide. Instructors from Jeep Jamboree USA will lead the program alongside off-roading experts.

Each Academy session will focus on several essential areas of off-roading instruction, including 4x4 system basics, driving techniques, trail etiquette, vehicle preparation and equipment, how to properly read terrain and challenging obstacles, safety tips and more.

The Jeep Adventure Academy will take place during the first three weeks in October at the following locations:

  • Holly Oaks Off-road Vehicle Park, Holly, Michigan: October 2-4
  • Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, Seymour, Missouri: October 9-11
  • Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Hollister, California: October 16-18

Registration is available at jeepadventureacademy.com. A one-day session starts at $99 and requires Jeep 4x4 vehicle ownership. The academy sessions will be led by professional staff from Jeep Jamboree USA, an organization that has been conducting off-road adventures since 1953.

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Famed puzzle maker Ravesburger has created a new Lamborghini-themed 3D puzzle.

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The Lamborghini Huracán EVO is the most successful V10-powered Lamborghini ever. Now, the supercar is getting the Ravensburger 3D puzzle treatment. The 3D jigsaw puzzle faithfully replicates the Huracán EVO V10 car in a 1:18 scale.

The puzzle is mounted to a replica chassis. Lamborghini fans will be able to pick out the car's signature Y-style front bumper and Y-shaped embedded in the headlights. It also has the hexagonal details of the traditionally sized Lambo and wears a Arancio Xanto orange paint job. The low-slug profile of the puzzle gives it volume though it measures just 26 cm in length.

Ravensburger Lamborghini Huracán EVO 3D puzzle

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Ravensburger is making the puzzle available with 32 high-quality feature accessories, such as the axles and four rotating wheels that faithfully replicate the Aesir rims found on the real car, along with front splitter and rear diffuser.

The puzzle contains 108 numbered pieces.

Ravesnburger recommends that the puzzle is best for adults and children ages 8 and older. It is sold in Europe for €34.99. In the U.S., a Lamborghini Huracán EVO goes for upwards of $208,000.

Earlier this year, Lamborghini bounced that it had pattered with Lego to create the Lego Technic Lamborghini Sián FKP 37Lamborghini Sián FKP 37. That model includes a V12 engine; a moveable rear spoiler; front and rear suspension; and steering powered by a wheel complete with the Automobili Lamborghini badge. There's also scissor doors, which open to reveal the intricately recreated cockpit, with a fully-functioning eight-speed sequential gearbox controlled by a movable paddle gearshift.

Lego also sells LEGO Technic versions of the 2020 Land Rover Defender and Nissan GT-R. Additionally, LEGO recently started selling a replica of Dom's Chargerfrom the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Additionally, a Ducati motorcycle model was recently sold by the company.

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