Tomorrow the winning designs for the new London bus – better known as the new Routemaster – will be unveiled by Mayor Boris Johnson.
The handsome beast you see here is the entry cooked up by me and our German design guru De Lusi, the pen behind many of our superb illustrations.
While it looks like the ‘London Olympian’ will never become a reality, Autocar has reason to be pretty pleased that a new – and much, much greener – London bus will be on the streets before the Olympic games in 2012.
Regulars will know that Autocar kick-started the whole project exactly a year ago when we commissioned UK company (and bus design specialists) Capoco to come up with a proposal for a new-generation Routemaster.
We did it in response to the row that blew up when Johnson – then the Conservative candidate for London Mayor – wondered out loud why a new Routemaster couldn’t be designed to replace the old model sold off and replaced by bendy buses by then-Mayor Ken Livingstone.
Alan Ponsford, boss of Capoco, and his team did us proud with a beautifully thought-out concept based around an aluminum chassis and a self-charging electric drivetrain.