Skip to comments.What a 120mph Crash-Test Looks Like
Posted on 11/30/2011 8:28:18 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
what would happen if they had some crash-test pros set up the cement barrier and run a Ford Focus into it at 120 mph... triple normal testing speeds.
Careful out there... esp. you Hemi Challenger guys lol
The commentator is a complete homo...
pay per view event?
Minor dents. It’ll buff out.
Mythbusters: Rocketsled Destroys Car
naaaa,,, he’s just British.
That explains crash test Dummie 2, the one in white. I am not sure if it was a lesbian or his significant other.
What is it about guys? We just like to see things being smashed to smithereens.
At high speed.
I agree, annoying ain’t he
You get the feeling he thinks cars are “icky” anyway, and drives a Miata or some other ‘hairdresser’s car’ (as they say in England)
“...What is it about guys? We just like to see things being smashed to smithereens.
At high speed.
Purely speaking for myself, I was born a pyro... and it started with Tonkas and M80s as I recall lol
I can’t believe a Ford Focus is capable of 120 mph under it’s own power.
Many years ago I was riding in a 55 Buick that side swiped a tree at about 110 mph. The impact ripped the car in half. The back half remained at the tree and fortunately the front half with me and the driver continued for a block and and a half down the road and we had very minor injuries. If it had not ripped in half I would not be here today. On a side note I decided not to ride with Charley any more.
Interesting. When I was a kid my father was in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. Each vehicle was going about 60. Both drivers survived, and my dad’s car was actually fixed. I remember seeing photos of its front end being mangled, but it was fixable. Says something about the quality of old-fashioned Detroit sheet metal, as opposed to today’s little plastic boxes.
Don’t be a wuss, walk it off...
Those old cars can go, but the brakes are another story
My buddy had a 57 Chevy he put a modern Rat motor in but with original drum brakes, took two miles to stop from that kind of speed!
He should have got an anchor and threw it in the back seat until needed actually lol
How fast can they get a Volt to go? That’s a crash I’d like to see. 120 mph Volt, into concrete barrier! Cool!
The bodies in this car got kinda squished.
You might be surprised (I know I was) to know that the Smartcar 4-2 actually did well in crash testing for both frontal and side impact. Not as well as a larger car might, but still surprising well.
But here's where it doesn't do so well: The body of the car has to be much stiffer to make up for lack of front end and door-to-driver distance, and the result is when it hits something, or is hit by something, it tends to bounce off the object and careen uncontrolled in a random direction until something else stops it- or it is hit by something else. That's more concerning, because then you are dealing with two (or more) collisions instead of just one.
So even if an occupant does fine with the first collision, the second one may very well do him in.
It's a really interesting science.
Plus, anything can be made to work well in the lab. Not everyone drives 30mph in a 30mph zone.
—Careful out there... esp. you Hemi Challenger guys lol—
I was in a bit of a road rage incident westbound in eastern Montana on I-90 a few years back with a couple of guys from Minnesota in Jeep Cherokees. I finally got my 2001 Chrysler 300m up to 140 for a spell just to lose them. And when I backed off to 90, their “105 MPH governor” jeeps would catch up with me and I’d have to do it again. I finally got a mile or two ahead of them and pulled off into a Glendive, just in case they were REALLY crazy.
At that speed, even on I-90 in smooth desert roads, you can feel the difference in the front and rear suspension geometry when you corner.
Fortunately there were no brick walls to slam into, though a flat would have made things a bit uncomfortable.
Not so sure I agree. I’ll take todays cars for safety reasons over olders cars anyday. Saw this on the Speed Channel the other day
When I was in grade school, I accidentally burned down my neighbor’s fence in Vallejo CA. Yeah, their fence. The year before my brother burned out the entire vacant area behind our neighborhood in Benbrook TX.
3x the speed = 9x the energy. Not surprising.
Looks pretty close to the results of 40 mph front-end crash testing of Chinese cars.
Shoot... Send it into the wall at 50 mph (if it can go that fast) and it will turn into a can of spam. I think AlGore should sit behind the wheel to put his money where his mouth is.
—Says something about the quality of old-fashioned Detroit sheet metal, as opposed to todays little plastic boxes.—
Actually, you may want to revise your thinking.
Crash test Chevrolet 1959 vs Chevrolet 2009:
And some interesting thoughts on why things happened the way they did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ3Y0lxGz6s
But the dummy in the trunk survived
I ran the numbers they give here. It looks like the average acceleration over the .068 second period is 80 g. I don’t see how they got 400 g. Instant of impact for a few microseconds?
When I was in HS(a long time ago)my brother and I caught a neighbor's(or actually THE neighbor, only one we had)yard on fire, using a home made black powder fire cracker, burned some of his fence posts(he had a barbed wire fence)and most of his two acres of grass, but the worse thing was we caught his fire wood pile on fire and burned about 1/2 cord of Oak before we finally put the fire out.
Lesson learned: Black powder and dried grass in 100 degree heat in July do not mix. He was gone at the time and the terrible thing about it(after the beatings administered by my mother)was we had to go to his house and explain to him how stupid we were and apologize. He was a great guy and kind of laughed about it. In today's world I am sure we would have gone to jail for such a prank.
I am not educated enough on this particular calculation to confirm or deny it’s accuracy, bus assuming you’re right and it is 80, what can the human body take, anyway... 15-20 maybe?
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