This isn't about the Volvo, it is about the Renault. The Modus is a Toyota Yaris/ Chevy Aveo sized car. So, it is pretty small. The crumple zones in a car are there to reduce the g-forces. You do not go from 40-0 in an instant, the car crumples in front of you so that that you have more time to come to rest, reducing the g-forces you face.Strength is only half of the safety of a car. The other half is the g-force. The lower your weight compared to the car you're crashing into, the more g-force you have to deal with. Which is why no matter how well designed a small car its, its never going to be as good as a (well designed) large car.
This video proves nothing btw. That Volvo was ancient. And the Renault really wasn't that much smaller.
yeah, i see what youre saying. if youre gonna hit a wall or a tree in a stiff little car like that then i agree, with you. but if youre hitting something deformeable, i think the small rigid car uses the fact that the other car is designed to crumple to its advantage.Is it possible that since the structure on the modus is so stiff that instead of the car dissipating the energy as it crumples, more force is applied to the occupant, such as what happened to Dale Earnhardt when he crashed and ended up with basal skull fracture. NASCAR cars are built like tanks, but because he was subjected to such a great G-force his head snapped forward and ultimately was the reason for his death.
If you think about it, an 80mph closing speed is perfectly normal for a head-on crash between two cars - both cars travelling at 40mph, so therefore a huge combined velocity...Plus, it was 80 MPH! That's crazy fast for a crash.
Nah moite, those aussies could never produce something as good as that.That was a great little video.
I like that show. Is it from 'down under'?