A crash test is a type of destructive testing that is performed to determine how safe the design of a vehicle is. They allow automobile manufacturers to ensure the vehicles they create are as safe as possible before they are mass produced and sold to individuals across the globe.
Crash testing can be carried out in a number of different ways, which include:
- Frontal-impact tests – Vehicles have a head-on collision with a concrete wall at a specified speed
- Moderate overlap tests – Only the front of the vehicle impacts with a barrier or other vehicle and are similar to frontal-impact tests
- Small overlap tests – Only a small section of the vehicle collides with another structure such as a tree or lamp post
- Side-impact tests – Vehicles are hit with force at one side which often causes fatalities in real life
- Roll-over tests – This tests the vehicles to support itself when being crushed by another force from above
- Roadside hardware tests – These types of test are used to demonstrate how well passengers and drivers are protected from harm
- Old versus new tests – Old and new versions of the same car are used to demonstrate how crash-worthiness has improved from one model to another
- Computer model tests – Also known as ‘simulated crash tests’, these are used if the funds for a real life test are unavailable
- Sled testing – This type of testing is a cost effective way to check that all airbags and seatbelts are effective during a collision
Niesmann And Bischoff Motorhome Crash Test
In an expensive expedition to see how a motorhome performs in a crash test, Niesmann + Bischoff put their new 2018 Flairs to the test…
When travelling with family and friends, you would never wish to put them at risk. With more and more motorhomes being made, safety is fast becoming a key factor in their production.
Niesmann + Bischoff have recently introduced their 2018 Flairs and have put on a show with a bang. Featuring a long list of safety features such as multiple airbags, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), seatbelt tensioners and a Pedal Release System which decouples the pedals on impact.
The Niesmann + Bischoff Flair had a payload of 400kg, which included the two dummies weighing in at 78kg each when it was driven into a 120 tonne barrier of enforced concrete wall at an un-braked impact speed of 84 miles per hour.
Needless to say, the motorhome passed with flying colours! See the motorhome crash test video below.