Arab Sheikh Pays $10 Million for World’s First Superbus

The Superbus looks more like a very long Lamborghini than a regular bus, but it’s able to transport 23 people over long distances at speeds of up to 250 km/h.

The world’s first superbus was developed at the Delft University of Technology, in Holland, under the supervision of professor Wobbo Ockels, who in 1985 became the first Dutch astronaut to travel in outer space. He thought trains were too slow for present day needs and also have the disadvantage of traveling only between stations, so he set out to build a super vehicle that could travel at lightning speeds and be eco-friendly at the same time. He and his team spent three years working on the Superbus, and the result is nothing short of impressive.

The Lamborghini-like Superbus is 49ft long (15 metres), 8ft wide (2.5 metres) and 5ft 5in high (1.65 meters), and was built using only lightweight materials like carbon fiber, aluminum, polycarbonate and fiberglass. It runs exclusively on electric batteries charged by solar power. The interior of the futuristic-looking vehicle offers the same luxurious features as high-end limousines and private jets. As you would expect, such a revolutionary invention can’t be cheap. It cost an Arab sheikh over $10 million to acquire the Superbus and fly it to the UAE with a jumbo jet, where it will be used to travel between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The hi-tech bus will travel the 75-mile distance between the two cities in under 30 minutes.

Within city space the Superbus will travel at normal speeds, but once it’s on the motorway it will switch to a dedicated concrete track parallel to the road and accelerate to 250 km/h.

 

 


   

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  • Todd Posted on October 5, 2011

    Very cool but not very practical… infrastructure for this will never exist… I’d rather see 1 man super efficient electric cars before I’d rather see one of these doing 250 kilometers an hour. I like how in the video she doesn’t specify the range of vehicle but states in her country they are producing a battery that can go 250 kilometers before a recharge…

  • bheem sen Posted on October 7, 2011

    If you have money you can make anything like this.

  • Lubos Posted on December 15, 2011

    Could you imagine world press mania if person like Kaddafi would build something like that for himself? The westerners that didn’t have free ride with Libyans oil would jump sky high to put bat impression on him. But in this case, that is actually “amazing”, right westerners?