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Vehicle Safety

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Capo Dei Capi, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. Capo Dei Capi

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    Lighter cars means less energy at high speeds when crashing into a wall like during the crash test. But Heavier cars are safer during a head on collision when hitting a lighter car. Larger cars also have a bigger survival zone vs a smaller car during a crash.

    So would a really safe car be something based on the rolls royce phantom for example. But with Carbon Fiber Wheels, and a plastic engine(actually possible but hasn't been done since a car race in 1980's) and other weight savings in none critical areas. Take the weight savings to scale the vehicle up slightly(2 to 3%) and put the remaining weight savings back into the vehicle with enhancements done to structurally integrity of the cabin as well as crumple zones?
     
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    I've never done much research on vehicle safety, although from what I have read, there's apparently a lot more to it than how well the car's structure holds up in a collision. For example, a passenger in a car that's structurally sound in the event of a collision can still be killed if the car's airbags don't deploy or if the car has malfunctioning or deteriorated seat belts.

    Using my heavy long wheelbase car as an example, if I were to get into a high-speed accident, I would more than likely walk out of the accident just fine (I've only heard of one case where someone in a W126 was severely injured in an accident), although because my car was built in a time before passenger airbags were mandatory, the same can not be said for anyone riding in the passenger seat. So my car is "safe" if you only take my safety into account.
     
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    I was in a high speed crash in a lincoln town car a few years ago and had no injuries. So I like the big heavy cars, they suck at fuel economy but its better than being injured or killed in a high mpg vehicle.
     
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    bigger is better and safer in this topic. Most of the cases.