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Re: Side impact beams?

Actually, I've noticed that the smaller cars (400/80/90) take a side hit better,
still not great, but better. I think it's because of the 44's big hollow doors but
I don't really know.


MSV96@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 2/23/98 harrison <hsapir@multiverse.com> writes:
> << I also have here an 86 5000cs quattro hit in the passenger doors that
> completely crushed the right seat. >>
> Scary! Any idea how hard a hit it took to do that? Just kinda curious. No
> experience with the type 44 chassis (thank goodness) but my 87 4kcsq was hit
> hard square in the middle of the passenger's rear door by a car that was still
> doing (estimated) between 30 and 40 mph at contact. Enough so that the car was
> tossed across the intersection. The door was split open but remained intact
> enough that a back seat passenger would surely have been unscathed. BTW the
> damage was severe, the car needed everything on the passenger side from the
> front door back replaced. Even after  more than $5k worth of bodywork the car
> was never the same again (and was traded in on an '88 80q for nearly what I
> paid for it). I always felt that Audi bodies were pretty safe...yeah, a full
> cage would be better but still.
> Mike Veglia
> 87 5kcstq