Concrete blocks and BMW meet at 150 km/h
It is well known that crash tests are carried out under strictly controlled conditions and reproduce crashes at lower speeds than many cars move just before real accidents. In the event of a frontal impact, the tested vehicles hit the obstacle at a speed of 64 km/h.
The French, who run the YouTube channel Vilebrequin, went much further and decided to check what happens to a car when it hits a concrete wall at a speed of 150 km per hour.
They try to hit the wall at a speed of 200 km / h using a remote control car.
Before the test began, 72 concrete blocks were placed on the lane, which, according to the authors, weighed about 86 t in total. Then they entered the lane in a slightly modified BMW 5 Series
Modifications included removal of the front seat and installation of the remote control system. In addition, more or less at the height of the driver’s head, a camera was placed, which was connected to a virtual reality headset. Thanks to this, the test BMW could be driven by a person riding in a car moving next to the crashed vehicle.
Reportedly, a top speed of 200 km/h was being aimed for, but ultimately, “only” 150 km/h could be obtained from the oil-burning 5 Series that had an alleged 650 000km on the clock, more than twice the speed Euro NCAP and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in North America tests vehicles in their respective crash test evaluations.
Not surprisingly, BMW is completely crushed by the shock. As you can see in the video, there is practically nothing left of the cabin. Only the trunk retained an integral part. This was expected, and with the video taken in slow motion, it was found that, in a short time, the car experienced 64 G during the impact. Obviously, no human can withstand such a shock and that is why, during official crash tests, 50 km / h is never exceeded.