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Model S crash worthiness

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Nik, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Nik

    Nik Dreaming no more :-(

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    Aren't the Alpha tests about validating the computer simulations of crash performance?
     
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    #3 Lloyd, Aug 29, 2011
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    So according to this video, in order to achieve a 5 star rating the following systems will need to be in place:
    1. Electronic Stability control
    2. Forward Collision Warning
    3. Lane Departure warning.

    We can then assume that these will be standard features on the model S?
     
  4. Lloyd

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    Hmm..... Perhaps with their really low Center of Gravity they may get a pass and still achieve the rating?? ESC made a huge difference on SUV's and other large vehicles. The effect may be minimal on the Model S.
     
  5. Norbert

    Norbert TSLA will win

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    The text appears to say that Model S not only has ESC as required, but also additional features not required, including TCS.
     
  6. Norbert

    Norbert TSLA will win

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    Just wanted to add a quote of the part I'm referring to:

     
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    That has been said before. I use that in conversation with people concerned about safety. It always gives pause.
     
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    I wasn't in a good position (Beta car in the way!) but they were showing crash test video on the screen during the "how many people can fit in an S" demo today:
     
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    Wow, much better sound than the other videos. Seems we get good video with crappy sound, or good sound with no view!
     
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    There was a whole mini-TV studio behind the screen. I beta Tesla has good quality video and audio of these presentations... If they ever want to use them for something.
     
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    Nice crash video. I think that the Model S may get 5 stars on the frontal crash.
     
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    #13 TEG, Oct 3, 2011
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    Well it seems that they are saying they want 5 stars in every category... "Safest car on the road".
    Lets hope they are right and the final tests prove that.

    Doug got a less obstructed video of the screen here:
     
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    zdre 40kWh Model S P6415

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    Wow, the front of the car gets folded into nothing... The absence of an ICE allows the body to absorb much more energy and reduce the impact on the passengers.
     
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    gmontem Model S P01707

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    I asked one of the reps in the tent after the test ride what happens to the cargo inside the frunk during an impact like in the video. I was reassured none of the items can get pushed into the passengers and driver and harm them. There was that one exception, being swords in the frunk. :)
     
  16. Mycroft

    Mycroft Life happens

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    But what happens to the guy who's folded into the frunk? :biggrin:
     
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    What about the rear end. Do the kids legs pancake?
     
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    After looking at the crash video. Several times...I noticed that their seem to be no cabin deformation. It would be nice if Tesla shared some photos after the crash test. I think the Model S will scrose well if the frontal testing.
     
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    Do they drive the car backwards into a brick wall at 60 mph? Perhaps the rear crash test isn't quite as violent.
     
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    Martin showed the Roadster rear ending crash. A truck drives into it lifting the car up. Pretty violent.
     

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