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Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 10:54 am

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


remarkably its frame emerges relatively intact meaning that the crash could have been survivable.....
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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 10:56 am

AND this is why I drive a Jeep and not a Smart Car...

During usual crash tests the car hits the wall and it obsorbs the impact. It bends metal but leaves the passenger relatively safe.

From the looks of that the entire body disentegrated on impact leaving the frame.

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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:03 am

Quoting BladeLWS (Reply 1):
AND this is why I drive a Jeep and not a Smart Car...

Because the safety concept of the Smart Car works perfectly, giving the driver enough room to survive after a 70 mph crash? Or is it because the passenger door of the car opened and closed again after said crash?
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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:08 am

Quoting Alberchico (Thread starter):
remarkably its frame emerges relatively intact meaning that the crash could have been survivable.....

I still would not want to meet a Ford Excursion while driving a SMART.
 
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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:12 am

Quoting Dc10s4ever (Reply 3):
I still would not want to meet a Ford Excursion while driving a SMART.

And just tell us what kind of car you would like to get hit by an excursion by?

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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:13 am

Quoting Greasespot (Reply 4):
And just tell us what kind of car you would like to get hit by an excursion by?

A Kenworth!
 
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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:17 am

Quoting Dc10s4ever (Reply 5):
A Kenworth!

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I saw that answer coming...

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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:23 am

Vehicle size and mass don't solely determine safety in a crash. Design really can make a difference. Remember these photos, anyone?



I can still remember the episode of Top Gear where Jeremy Clarkson had a Volvo 240 thrown off a catapault a few times and it still started and was driveable! I think those must be the safest vehicles on the road...
 
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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:59 am

Quoting Dc10s4ever (Reply 3):
I still would not want to meet a Ford Excursion while driving a SMART

Imagine driving a SMART and getting into a head on collision with a semi.  wideeyed  The car would probably be squished.  Wink
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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 12:07 pm

Quoting Alberchico (Thread starter):
remarkably its frame emerges relatively intact meaning that the crash could have been survivable.....

  

If you actually watch the entire clip, what you'll see is that the human body would struggle to cope with that rate of deceleration, most of your internal organs would be severely damaged.

Full clip... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju6t-yyoU8s

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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 12:08 pm

The speedometer goes to 120/130kph but you'd have to be a brave soul to go past 80kph in that thing.
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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 12:11 pm

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 8):
Imagine driving a SMART and getting into a head on collision with a semi. wideeyed The car would probably be squished. Wink

So would you if you were in a civic...or a explorer.....no vehicle will survive a head on with a semi....except perhaps another semi......

That is a dumb argument.....

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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 2:26 pm

I still don't get why people are so simple minded when it comes to road safety. People only envision getting slammed by a large SUV or truck, but how about all other aspects of safety? These include the driver's capabilities; vehicle handling; braking; and also the type of accident you may have.

Would you rather hit a cement barrier in a Civic or a Hummer? Would you rather swerve or brake to avoid an accident in a BMW or a Suburban? Would you rather roll over in an F-150 or a Mini? There are a huge amount of instances where I'd much rather be in a well designed small car, such as avoiding accidents in the first place.
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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 2:33 pm

It looks like it did alright I guess but that just how the car looks what you need is a real crash dummy in the car to see what would happen to the human body.
On a side note I like driving my 5500lb SUV around instead of that.  Smile
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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Sun Aug 06, 2006 2:50 pm

A few months ago I've seen a Smart wreck on the Autobahn A61 near Mendig. It got hit by a truck, was lying on it' back, but, apart from scratches, was completely intact. These little buggers are stronger than they look.

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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:46 am

How often does any car crash directly head on into a wall? Maybe it happens more often than I imagine- but I also figure usually the car would be out of control in order for something like that to happen...maybe it spun out, or nicked another car first... I feel like that crash scenario is pretty rare. 70 MPH straight into a concrete wall? If that was a real crash, I sadly bet both pax would be very much dead.

It did hold up surprisingly well though.

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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Mon Aug 07, 2006 1:53 am

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 14):
It got hit by a truck, was lying on it' back, but, apart from scratches, was completely intact.



Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 13):
It looks like it did alright I guess



Quoting AA777 (Reply 15):

It did hold up surprisingly well though.

Crumple zones anyone? Older cars hurt so many people simply because they DID hold up under crash impacts. It is these types of sudden decelerations that kill, as Jamie757 alluded to.

Although many modern cars look pretty smashed up after accidents, they are designed to do that in order to increase the deceleration time in the event of a crash, and therefore exert less G's on the occupants.

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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:18 am

Quoting Greasespot (Reply 11):
no vehicle will survive a head on with a semi....except perhaps another semi......

Depending on speed of course, I've seen truck drivers die from rear ending another truck. Its not how fast you go, its how fast you stop.
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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:51 am

Quoting Greasespot (Reply 4):
And just tell us what kind of car you would like to get hit by an excursion by?

I want to meet a Peugeot 207 with my front brush guard on my SUV.  Silly

My friends F-150 met a Honda Del Sol once...I am still trying to figure out if "met" is the right word.
 
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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:01 am

Quoting CPDC10-30 (Reply 7):

He did that with a Toyota Hilux Pick Up to.

He drown it in the sea, crashed it, burned it, etc.

Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD0UVI99R8Q

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RE: Smart Car Tested At High Speeds (video)

Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:49 am

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 8):
Imagine driving a SMART and getting into a head on collision with a semi.

Nothing can survive a head on with another semi. Not even another semi.


Taken from Truckcrash.com.

Not a head on, but a rearend. One truck stopped on the shoulder, and a truck coming up behind had a steer tire blow out at the absolute worst time.

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