[Author Prev][Author Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Author Index][Thread Index]

Re: Fwd: Audi A8 Achieves Highest Possible Safety Test Rating

>I don't agree, Andy.  With 2 vehicles at 35 per, you have 2x as much kinetic
>energy to dissipate, compared to 1 car at 35 per vs. the immovable object.

Bob Myers' explanation is dead on.  While true that with two vehicles
there is 2x the amount of energy to dissipate but it is shared/absorbed
by two vehicles equally.  Therefore 2/2=1.  Perhaps the distinction
needs to be made between energy and damage to the vehicle.  Remember
that the barrier is going _nowhere_ hence 100% of the energy is absorbed
by the one vehicle.

Now, if the vehicles have torsen;)

Mark Pollan, '86 5KCSTQ