Video: World's fastest crash test

2011-10-24 11:26

The industry experts at EuroNCAP usually crash a vehicle at 64km/h during a safety rating but what would happen to your car should you crash at a speed way above than demanded for a standard rating?

British motoring show 'Fifth Gear' decided to conduct the world's fastest crash test to show the destructive forces involved if your family hatchback hit a rock face at 193km/h. Their guinea-pig car for the test would be a first-generation Ford Focus.

The Focus was launched using a catapult and rocketed towards a concrete wall, its unfortunate occupants a couple of shop-window mannequins.

Unsurprisingly, the vehicle was obliterated and the occupants inside were subjected to G-forces of up to 400... not something you could walk - even crawl - away from.

Watch the (admittedly awesome) video below:

  • Mogo - 2011-10-24 12:44

    And mini bus taxis look just as bad at half the speed..

  • Eddy - 2011-10-24 13:31

    Yeah, but what idiot crashes at that speed?

      wernervanaswegen - 2011-10-25 07:38

      A dead idiot

      Sheldon - 2011-10-25 20:17

      Yeah Eddy, coz usually when I crash, I tend to make sure I go much slower...Really?

      Staphill - 2011-10-26 08:57

      Just remember @Eddy, when a two car doing 100km/h each and the collide head on. the effect will be the same as hitting the wall at +-200km/h

      HerbertJKelly - 2011-10-26 10:19

      @Staphill - not so , Newtons 3d law explains it, 2 cars hitting from different directions at 100 is not the same as one car hitting a wall at 200..

  • Theunis - 2011-10-24 14:54

    Robert mcbride..while listening to crash test dummies

  • Robert - 2011-10-24 19:19

    one more eye-opener,, THAT is for SURE

  • devin.lester - 2011-10-25 08:54

    The presenter got his facts wrong though...a car hitting a stationary object at 120mph is not the same as two cars both travelling at 120mph having a head-on collision. In this case, their relative speed is the same as a car hitting a stationary object at 240mph!

      John - 2011-10-25 09:56

      No, the mass of the cars and the mass of the wall also play a role in the momentum, so the presenter is correct. Think of it this way, if you hit a wall, the car stops immediately. If you hit another car travelling at the same speed, you also stop immediately. Same scenario

      HerbertJKelly - 2011-10-26 10:19

      Yup presenter is right... there was a mythbusters episode about the same thing...

      devin.lester - 2011-10-31 13:20

      No John, by your argument if I was travelling at 10km/h and hit a wall I would also stop immediately, so you're saying that would be the same as hitting it at 200km/h. The forces involved are different. You will come to a stop quicker therefore experiencing more G's in the second scenario.

  • Kwashic - 2011-10-28 17:27

    if 100km/h against another 100km/h is not the same as 200km/h against a wall....then the only answer is.... ITS WORSE! at least againnst the wall its splat and its over! against another car you will have to go through its glass, metal and all.... and you you may survive for 30 terrible last seconds of yr life!

  • Kwashic - 2011-10-28 17:34

    Whoa!!! see the fuel tank rapture as the car is catapulted into the air. seeing such an accident happen in real life would be terror! bes to just cove the whole wreck in blanket and go separate it elsewhere. Traumatic! They shoulda used a german luxury car to show the road idiots that there is no such thing as a safe car! many of them will now be thinking foolishly that there might be survival in a german luxury car! psyche!

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