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For some reason, my city still has conventional diesel
powered buses. I assume it is because of some combination
of incompetence and a casual disregard for the population,
since there can be no more appropriate use for electric
vehicles than the stop-start totally predictable bus
Anyhow, the world's bus fleet is slowly being replaced and
vast numbers of legacy diesel buses are becoming
available. What to do with them?
Racing is the obvious answer. Conventional racing would
simply identify the fastest type of bus and then it would be
no more interesting than F1. Instead we need more of a
So, the steering is achieved by means of long, chariot-style
reigns. The driver stands on top at the back of the bus in a
purpose-built waist high enclosure. Braking is achieved
through a voice-control system designed to recognize the
word "Whoooa!" and brake modulation is achieved by
pulling on both reigns.
The accelerator is mounted on top at the front of the bus.
It's action is like those taps at camp-sites and other places
that like to be stingy with water. The type where you press
and get ~1 second of full flow, then it tails off to nothing
over ~2-3 seconds or so. To accelerate, the driver must
press the accelerator from his position at the back of the
bus using only the well-practiced actions of the provided
horse-whip. Of course hitting the accelerator will get
harder with increased speed and cornering, driver skill and
a certain element of luck will be the main determinants of
winning, bus-to bus contact will be encouraged.
||Better yet, the driver should sit in an actual chariot, with
several buses hooked together he controls through reins.
||The driver should stand on a skateboard controlling one bus with each hand.
||Racing around freely driver chosen service routes, picking up and dropping off patrons. Buses free to wander over their pastures..
||Yes...Rayford's addition certainly increased the visual
value for me. So two +.