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Old 07-26-2014, 11:44 PM
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120mph crash test.......ouch

Fifth gear did a crash test at `20 mph with a ford Focus. Not a heck of a lot left after the impact. The damage as expected is quite devastating.

Fifth Gear [20x01] - Ford Focus 120mph Crash Test - YouTube
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Old 07-27-2014, 12:57 AM
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Will a Focus even do 120?

Straight into an immobile barrier at high speed is not a very common crash scenario. Usually the driver will be making some effort to avoid, resulting in a more glancing blow or a lower speed hit. When I was a teenager, I saw the result of a Rolls Royce hitting a pillar under a highway overpass at ~70. The driver, who didn't survive, was elderly and I suspect he was incapacitated before the crash. The only other example of such a crash was when Ayrton Senna lost steering input and hit the Armco nearly straight on at 120. As most people reading this probably know already, that didn't end well either.
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:28 AM
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Will a Focus even do 120?

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Oh yes...
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Can confirm.
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:38 AM
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I was only able to get a Focus to 102.

What gives?
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Old 07-27-2014, 12:36 PM
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I was only able to get a Focus to 102.

What gives?
US cars are frequently speed-limited due to crappy factory tires rated for "only" 100 mph and manufacturers not wanting liability. Euro versions are given better tires out of the dealership, thus aren't limited or are limited to higher speeds.
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:10 PM
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...well not all of the foci will reach 120...
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:12 PM
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This isn't so much a check to what the Focus can do speed-wise as it was meant to point out what would be left of a venicle that hits another vehicle at a combined speed of 120mph.

Problem still with this scenario is: ( Mass * > Speed ) will combined with ( Mass * < Speed ) which, probably, will result in less damage to the vehicle at the higher speed -vs.- the vehicle that's traveling at the slower speed, even at a combined speed of 120mph...

Bottom line?

Don't go hitting anything at any combined speed.

Fun to watch though...
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