10+ Brutal Car Crash Tests That Changed The Way Cars Are Built

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Whether you are someone who knows how to drive or not, it isn’t a surprise that cars are indeed dangerous machines. In fact, car crashes and road accidents account for most of the sudden deaths all over the world. Simply put, your life is automatically at risk the moment you drive or even just ride in one.

Because of this, over the years, auto manufacturers all over the globe unceasingly find ways to make cars that are more safe and durable. And gladly, all the improvements and advancements in the techniques that cars have been tested for collisions have dramatically decreased the number of fatal car accidents. Actually, some of the car crash tests are so harsh and brutal enough to cause accidents. But because of that, more and more people have been reduced to such car injuries. A proof that these so-called brutal crash tests enabled the manufacturers to modify the way they design and build the cars we use today.

Given that, aren’t you just curious to see what those brutal crash tests are and how they do it? Well, to simply enlighten you (and maybe entertain a little), your leading car removalists and car wreckers Melbourne, Advance Car Wreckers, is here to share with you more than 10 of the wild crash tests they do to show how our modern vehicles now handle the harshest of impacts:

2009 Chevy Malibu vs. 1959 Chevy Bel Air

Not too long ago, the enthusiastic classic car lovers believed that their beloved rides that included heavy yachts aren’t that prone to crashes as compared to the lighter and smaller cars we have today. The 2009 and 1959 Chevies were driven to crash and smash up head on. And without crumple zones, airbags, or seatbelts, the ‘59 Chevy collapses around the driver upon impact. Hence receiving a ‘poor’ rating. The driver really would’ve been killed.

Tesla Model S Frontal Crash Test

Because of this test, many have proven and believed that the Tesla Model S is simply an impressive vehicle. The test isn’t as brutal as the others. The Model S is driven at high speeds just to crash a wall. Why was the Model S included in the category of cars with the highest crash ratings? Well part of the reason is that because the car doesn’t have an engine up front, it provides more room for collision. The Tesla Model S just proves the new and modern cars we have today are definitely a lot safer – and it gets even better in the future.

2016 Volvo XC90 Off-road Crash Test

Volvo is popular for making “the world’s safest cars”. And after this crash test, indeed, Volvo is still a pioneer in automotive safety. Having introduced the all-new XC90, the company made a pledge that no passenger (in a Volvo car) will be killed or seriously injured from the year 2020 forward. And to help demonstrate this, they used the XC90 in an extreme test. The new family wagon was launched into a ditch running at 50 mph. The SUV goes into the air and then lands with its behind first before pitching forward and slamming its nose into the ground. The Volvo wagon as well as its dummy occupants seem to be in good shape afterwards.

2010 Mercedes SLS AMG Crash Test

It’s definitely a lot easier to watch a regular family sedan to get destroyed after a brutal crash test. But for a high-end luxury car like a Benz? That’s simply heartbreaking and painful to watch. However, there are two cool things we’d like to point out with this test: One is that this shows how much time and effort is allotted before you really set up a good car crash test. And second, it shows the functionality of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG’s gullwing doors. Because they open upwards instead of out into the curb, the famous carmaker had to engineer them in such a way that these doors could easily detach from the body in case of road accidents, such as a rollover. After watching that crash test, we simply had two words in mind: brilliant and impressive.

1990 Ford Focus 120mph Crash Test

Some of you may not know but, there is actually no place in the world where they do crash tests with speeds going near 120 miles per hour. However, a British automotive show named Fifth Gear urged to find out what would happen to a 1990s Ford Focus if it crashed into a barrier at that speed. Brace yourself before you even check out its video as it’s truly a nerve-racking and chilling one to watch. The very strong engine of the Ford Focus accelerates to 160 mph in just 68 milliseconds. Thus, eventually causing a lot of damage to the car.

The Volkswagen Bus Crash Test

Sold in the US from 1979 to 1991, the Vanagon, a Volkswagen third-generation bus, gained so much popularity. Even though the VW buses look more uncompromising today, the flat-front vans back have looks that are rather more skeptical. It seems as though they won’t do well in collisions. But when you watch a video of this test, you’d see how these VW machines actually do better in collisions than we could ever have imagined. A ‘deformation zone’ was arranged and designed by VW so that the driver wouldn’t take much of the impact in a crash. When it was time for them to test this while the passengers are unbelted, well, we’d guess right because the passengers simply flew out the front window.

1962 Cadillac vs. 2002 Cadillac Crash Test

Well, some say that this test is just not as professional or scientific as the other crash tests. But albeit all the things that have gone wrong during and after this test, there is still something good and cool learning that we’ve gotten right after. With this crash test, you can see how much intrusion to the passenger cabin was sustained by the older Cadillac. The show’s technicians who have performed this placed an accelerometer inside the 1962 model and it eventually recorded a force equivalent to a car falling 18 stories down. Simply devastating.

Ford F150 vs. Honda Civic

Who of you hasn’t seen an ugly road accident involving a tall vehicle and a short car? Well, back in the year 2000, where these kinds of accidents have occurred most, a crash test was done. Ford voluntarily placed blocker beams in the F150 to better align the frames of their trucks with the bumper and crumble zones of the Civic passenger car. Unfortunately, many injuries were recorded at the time this model was put in a test drive. The video of these different sizes of cars basically shows that sometimes, even technology couldn’t really make much of a difference when it comes to slowing down accidents. Plus, it also reveals how important blocker beams are.

Limo Crash Test

Are you really sure that when you rent a luxurious limo, you wouldn’t be at risk of getting injured in case a collision happens? Again, the British auto TV show, Fifth Gear, helped us unravel the myths of those classic stretch limos. They decided to do a somehow unorthodoxed test video to find out. The old-school Lincoln limo was rigged to drive onto a solid wall head-on at 50 miles per hour. Technically, after the crash, the “stretched part” of the vehicle was not really wrecked. The devastation on the insides of the limo only helps us reiterate how important it us for us to always wear our seatbelts no matter how safe and secure we feel inside our cars.

The Yellow School Bus Crash Test

School buses need safety crash tests too. Besides, most of its passengers are children of all ages. Thankfully, the Indiana Mills and Manufacturing Inc. has a Center for Advanced Product Evaluation (CAPE) that performs some of these wild impact tests. So now what CAPE did was, the used a 1.9-million pound block to crash test a school bus and see how it harms all the passengers, belted and unbelted. (Note: IMMI-CAPE did this because they manufacture seatbelts for school buses)

Volvo FH Big Rig Smash-up Test

Vehicle and road safety has always been the concern of Volvo since day 1; and their big and heavy-duty trucks are not an exception. Because of the trucks’ size and weight, Volvo is most concerned about the safety of the driver – as it could most definitely crush him in case of an impact. They do all kinds of tests for these big rigs including head-on collision with an older FH, crashing head-on a solid wall, skidding, rolling over, and more. Because of these different crash tests they do, the new Volvo FH Series now have bigger cabs, have an escape hatch on the roof, lane change support, and driver alert technology. This just proves how the commercial and industrial vehicles we now use are also keeping up with safety technology.

All these car crash tests we have mentioned (plus the others that we can’t all include here) do not only help in making automobiles a lot safer and more durable. But also, they are reminders for us car users to be cautious and responsible in driving at all times. We must always keep in mind that even though they are big purchases and investments, our lives are of course more precious and important – so we must make it habit to protect it (when riding and driving, that is).

Do you want to get of that old car that has been rotting away in your garage? Do you have a vehicle that’s just too impossible to repair and restore so now you don’t know what to do with it? Or do you simply want to sell junk and scrap cars for cash at our Melbourne salvage yard? Whatever your case may be, Advance Car Wreckers is always here for you. We are a leading cash for cars Melbourne company and so we guarantee a fast and free removal of your car. Call us now to know more!

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