A dummy’s guide to crash tests

November 15, 2018

Ever wondered what crash testing looked like – from a dummy’s perspective?

 

That’s how we decided to showcase our new £13.75 million “sled test” facility.

 

Bridging the gap between full-scale crash tests and virtual crash tests, sled tests subject vehicles – and the dummies inside them – to the same accelerations experienced in real-world road accidents.

 

Video cameras record up to 1,000 frames per second that engineers can then scrutinise the effects for improvements.

 

The new Ford Focus was the first car to be developed using the new facility and has a maximum 5-star safety rating from the Euro NCAP independent crash testing authority.