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Not sure if it is really a Smart Car, but after seeing this, it reinforces my pleasure of having a 5 foot crumple zone behind the cab and a 4 foot one up front.


 

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looks like fun
 

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The wheel you see in the picture is a GM 5 or 6 lug wheel. There also looks to be the side portion of a chrome front bumper to the side of said wheel.

Very unfortunate situation regardless.
 

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I'ld make the decision to drive one after I got to see the "sandwhich" crash test, which neither of the above shows.

But yeah, I know that it is impossible to tell what kind of car it was that was involved.
How many vehicles CAN survive a sandwich from those two massive vehicles?
Apart from SUVs like the Excursion and H3, I'm not sure anyone could walk away from a situation like that-- SMART car or not.
 

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^^ agreed
 

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Well, IMHO, if he had been in a truck, I don't think he would have been accordianed up that much. And it doesn't look like the guy could see the car over the hood of his truck. I have seen some pics from some gnarly accidents (best friend is a firefighter who covers I95 in Virginia) and the pics from that interstate are down right scary. But I have seen a fullsize pic up sandwhiched between a pair of 18 wheelers, and while the guy was flown to a regional hospital, he was cleaned off the highway with a mop and bucket, like the person in the photo I copied was.

I don't care what the vehicle you are "going up" against, a 16 foot long pickup truck is going to provide an exponentially greater chance of surviving than an 8 foot long micro car.

How many vehicles CAN survive a sandwich from those two massive vehicles?
Apart from SUVs like the Excursion and H3, I'm not sure anyone could walk away from a situation like that-- SMART car or not.
An h3 would be the same size thing that we are driving.
 

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I meant an H2.
you make a good point about just the sheer amount of material between two points of impact but those (smart crash) videos that were posted showed that design has a good bit to do with the rigidity of a vehicle and the survivability of its occupants.
More is not necessarily better and most is not necessarily best.
YouTube - Crash Test Ford F150
 

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you make a good point about just the sheer amount of material between two points of impact but those (smart crash) videos that were posted showed that design has a good bit to do with the rigidity of a vehicle and the survivability of its occupants.
More is not necessarily better and most is not necessarily best.
The smart may be rigid, but like mentioned before it has absolutely no crumple zones. So when you crash in a Smart where does all the kinetic energy go? It goes straight through that rigid frame and into your body. Smart's are death traps.
 

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What kind of car was that squashed in the original pic? Looks like a small SUV to me.

The Smart car actually gets very good crash test results.

YouTube - Crash Test: 2008 Smart Car ForTwo

YouTube - smart car crash
keep in mind, us government crash test ratings are compared in class only. hit it with a 6,000 SUV and see how well it does...seriously. mass wins.

I meant an H2.
you make a good point about just the sheer amount of material between two points of impact but those (smart crash) videos that were posted showed that design has a good bit to do with the rigidity of a vehicle and the survivability of its occupants.
More is not necessarily better and most is not necessarily best.
YouTube - Crash Test Ford F150
in a collision between two vehicles, I'd almost always rather be in the one with more mass. in a collision with an essentially unmovable object, more mass is a detriment.
 

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