30 November 2011

What a 120mph Crash-Test Looks Like

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.
120mph crash test
So they did it... and this is what happens: 120mph crash test


  • Car decelerates from 120-0 in .068 seconds
  • Occupants experience up to 400 g on impact
  • "-absolutely no survival space at all."

Buh-bye dummies:



12 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's the pooint?

That's like saying a pipe designed to hold 100 psi pressure can't hold 300 psi....well, ok. But a pipe DESIGNED TO HOLD 300 PSI CAN HOLD 300 PSI, JUST LIKE A CAR CAN BE DESIGNED FOR OCCUPANTS TO SURVIVE 120 MPH CRASH......stupid story to say the least.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't they use a british car.......?

Reaganite Republican said...

That Ford Focus IS a British car for the most part, engineered at Ford of Germany AND Ford UK.

To the best of my knowledge that British built, RHD Focus is the UK's best seller, or near it

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Cool Dude! I'm shopping for a tank.

Joe Texan said...

Consider a single car hitting a barrier at 120 mph is the same as two cars hitting head-on at 60 mph each, so this a perfectly plausible scenario.

Anonymous said...

Error in the narration - not "both cars, each travelling at 120 mph. Rather two cars going 60 mph each and colliding head on.

Anonymous said...

"Consider a single car hitting a barrier at 120 mph is the same as two cars hitting head-on at 60 mph each, so this a perfectly plausible scenario."

Not so. Hitting an immovable barrier at 120 is exactly the same as hitting an oncoming 120 mph car. Both are immovable (unyielding).

Reaganite Republican said...

Either way you're toast lol

Anonymous said...

This just proves what a lot of people have said.
"The FORD Focus really is a POS....

Maggie@MaggiesNotebook said...

And they are all over the female cop who stopped and handcuffed another off-duty cop driving 120 miles a hour down a highway. How dare she, said the guy supervisor!

WhiteFalcon1 said...

Anonymous is a dickhead loser whereever he posts, isn't he?

Reaganite Republican said...

Yeah, I've just about had enough of the guy lol

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