Oddball Wednesday: Optare Rapta

Promotional impression of the Rapta (Optare Plc)
This week's Oddball Wednesday follows on from the post of the same theme published exactly two weeks ago today - I would advise you read that one first if you have not already, click here.

Launched in 2008 alongside the Optare Solo+ was the Optare Rapta integral double decker. It held what was then planned as a new family look for Optare. Exhibited at the Euro Bus Expo, it was only ever built as a mock up with black tinted windows and no interior fittings. The Rapta was the first double decker designed and built by Optare since the 1997 launched Spectra, of which the final one was delivered on a '56 registration plate to Anglianbus. The bus was to be available with a hybrid drive system developed in America by Enova, powered by a MAN engine. The standard diesel format was also to be available.

In 2009, it was released that the Rapta would not be produced and instead Optare would produce the Olympus bodywork on an integral chassis frame. The Rapta mock up was stored at the former East Lancs Coachbuilders Blackburn plant, where it was strangely fitted with standard glazed windows. A shame in my opinion, as it really wasn't a bad looking bus!
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