The article discusses a number of design features of the neoplan prototype low-floor city service bus developed by G. Auwaerter AG of Stuttgart. The design uses a Mercedes-Benz rear engine/transmission pack mounted in an integral structure. A floor boarding height of only 300 mm has been obtained by the use of air-suspension and low-profile tyres of 416 mm free-radius. Panelling in grp is used in the body construction although 30 per cent stainless steel cladding is used. All side windows use 5 mm polycarbonate glazing claimed to be crash- and vandel-proof. The 39-seater prototype bus also incorporates the firestone help (high energy level pneumatic) elastomer bumper system which uses air at atmospheric pressure for energy absorption. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

    1 Birdcage Walk
    London SW1H 9JJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Godwin, W
  • Publication Date: 1976-8-9


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00149071
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 1981 12:00AM