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Re: Crash test
On Mon, 13 Jan 1997, Mann Law wrote:
> It would be interesting to know how many 959's were crash tested
I wouldn't mind knowing that also... :-)
> many S2's, etc., were run into a wall at the plant. Bet the number would
> be surprisingly high.
Much of the preliminary testing is done with high-G sleds that simulate
barrier crash testing. This is much cheaper than actual full vehicle
crashes. A sled run (which lasts all of 0.200 sec) costs around 10,000 -
15,000 dollars, depending on the complexity of the test, plus test
properties, which can be very expensive. I've seen seats at over $2,000
each, and air bags at $2000 a piece. When this testing is done, the
results are verified with relatively few full vehicle crashes - just
enough to validate the sled testing. AAMOF, most sled testing is more
severe than actual vehicle crashes, but otherwise simulates vehicle
crashes very well.
In the case of a typical American car, the instrumentation is far more
expensive than the car itself. I would guess that in the case of a 959,
the car would be only a little more expensive than the instrumentation.
> Bottom line is: It is a business decision. Just like paying
> for a BTCC team. Obviously, if Audi were able to sell 150,000 S8's in
> the US, it would make them pass any test necessary.
If they could sell that many over a 5 year period, it would likely be
worthwhile assuming the car basically meets the US regs. That's
approximately how many Cadillacs will be sold in Europe I think, on average.
Graydon D. Stuckey '85 Mazda RX7 GS, no toys
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