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What a 120mph Crash-Test Looks Like
Reaganite Republican ^ | November 30, 2010 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 11/30/2011 8:28:18 AM PST by Reaganite Republican

Occupants experience "up to 400 g"

As you are likely aware, our own NHTSA test-crashes all new cars for sale in the US at speeds up to 40 mph- as do EU authorities and a few others. 

One day the folks at English television show Fifth Gear (not to be confused with Jeremy Clarkson's unparelled Top Gear) wondered over tea

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.

So they did it... and this is what happens:

Buh-bye dummies:

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Science; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: auto; crash; safety; test

1 posted on 11/30/2011 8:28:23 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

Careful out there... esp. you Hemi Challenger guys lol


2 posted on 11/30/2011 8:29:04 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

The commentator is a complete homo...


3 posted on 11/30/2011 8:33:51 AM PST by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
I have an idea... replace Ford Focus with Smart Car and lethal injection with 120 mph crash test.

pay per view event?

4 posted on 11/30/2011 8:33:53 AM PST by NativeSon
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To: Reaganite Republican

Minor dents. It’ll buff out.


5 posted on 11/30/2011 8:34:17 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

that’s nuthin’:
Mythbusters: Rocketsled Destroys Car

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAKS3VkPfD4


6 posted on 11/30/2011 8:36:13 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: TSgt

naaaa,,, he’s just British.


7 posted on 11/30/2011 8:42:33 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: TSgt
The commentator is a complete homo...

That explains crash test Dummie 2, the one in white. I am not sure if it was a lesbian or his significant other.

;)

8 posted on 11/30/2011 8:43:03 AM PST by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Just Awesome.

What is it about guys? We just like to see things being smashed to smithereens.

At high speed.

In flames.


9 posted on 11/30/2011 8:43:13 AM PST by rlmorel (The Rats won't be satisfied until every industry in the USA is in ruins and ripe for nationalization)
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To: TSgt

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)


10 posted on 11/30/2011 8:43:56 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: rlmorel

“...What is it about guys? We just like to see things being smashed to smithereens.

At high speed.

In flames.”
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Purely speaking for myself, I was born a pyro... and it started with Tonkas and M80s as I recall lol


11 posted on 11/30/2011 8:46:09 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I can’t believe a Ford Focus is capable of 120 mph under it’s own power.


12 posted on 11/30/2011 8:46:36 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


13 posted on 11/30/2011 8:46:56 AM PST by Okieshooter
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


14 posted on 11/30/2011 8:50:04 AM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Don’t be a wuss, walk it off...


15 posted on 11/30/2011 8:50:04 AM PST by Yehuda (Expep communists and jihadis... from the planet.)
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To: Okieshooter

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


16 posted on 11/30/2011 8:50:06 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: Lurker

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!


17 posted on 11/30/2011 8:50:36 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Interesting. Makes my respect and admiration for NASCAR’s safety innovations go up even more.
18 posted on 11/30/2011 8:51:32 AM PST by GBA (Natural Born American)
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To: Reaganite Republican

The bodies in this car got kinda squished.


19 posted on 11/30/2011 8:53:36 AM PST by CGalen
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To: Reaganite Republican

Nice!

20 posted on 11/30/2011 8:59:49 AM PST by Alex Murphy (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2703506/posts?page=518#518)
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To: NativeSon
As an ER/Trauma nurse, one of the things I study is the science of kinematics- or in layman's terms, "mechanism of injury." But we don't just look at the impact itself, but also the kind of car a victim was driving.

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.

21 posted on 11/30/2011 9:05:23 AM PST by 60Gunner (Eternal vigilance or eternal rest. Make your choice.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

—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.


22 posted on 11/30/2011 9:13:22 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: ottbmare

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

http://www.videobash.com/video_show/stuntbusters-head-on-collision-1962-cadillac-vs-2002-cadillac-198429


23 posted on 11/30/2011 9:13:28 AM PST by Gettin Betta
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


24 posted on 11/30/2011 9:17:54 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

3x the speed = 9x the energy. Not surprising.


25 posted on 11/30/2011 9:20:11 AM PST by Paradox (The rich SHOULD be paying more taxes, and they WOULD, if they could make more money.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Looks pretty close to the results of 40 mph front-end crash testing of Chinese cars.


26 posted on 11/30/2011 9:21:16 AM PST by Hazwaste (Democrats are like slinkies. Only good for pushing down stairs.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
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!

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.

27 posted on 11/30/2011 9:21:16 AM PST by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: ottbmare

—Says something about the quality of old-fashioned Detroit sheet metal, as opposed to today’s little plastic boxes.—

Actually, you may want to revise your thinking.

Crash test Chevrolet 1959 vs Chevrolet 2009:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_ptUrQOMPs

And some interesting thoughts on why things happened the way they did: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ3Y0lxGz6s


28 posted on 11/30/2011 9:27:09 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

But the dummy in the trunk survived


29 posted on 11/30/2011 9:31:59 AM PST by Wernstrom
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To: Reaganite Republican

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?


30 posted on 11/30/2011 10:42:46 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: cuban leaf
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.

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.

31 posted on 11/30/2011 11:20:13 AM PST by calex59
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To: 17th Miss Regt

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?


32 posted on 11/30/2011 1:56:58 PM PST by Reaganite Republican
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