I absolutely love the last line in the video "So, next time you see a warning, remember this."
Since that red W126 crashed into stationary cars at 70mph and didn't even break ANY window glass, including the windshield nor deform the passenger compartment, I'm going to remember to drive my Tank every place I can. Let the rest of the folks drive the little, fuel efficient cars and I'll be happy with my 126.
I really miss Fifth Gear. Top Gear is okay, but Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson, and my personal favorite, Tom Ford, gawd, that guy has a wickedly sarcastic sense of humor, which I truly appreciate...plus, I too am about 1.78 M tall and a solid 20 stone.
And, like everyone here, I'll keep driving my Euro Tank, thankyouverymuch....
Ken Buck (MBCoupes.com) was "volunteered" to be the meat between two 18-wheelers. First 18-wheeler jackknifed and stopped, Ken stopped in his black SEC, next 18-wheeler jackknifed and smushed Ken into the first truck. The front of the SEC was smashed back to about the center of the front wheels, the rear was smashed forward to about a foot from the rear window.
Ken got out and not only walked away but rendered first aid to others in the accident, including the one that was helicoptered out. None of the glass in the SEC was broken, both doors opened and closed normally.
Everyone probably noticed that the tail lights were still on after the video crash, meaning the electrical systems were still in tact.
That really is extraordinary. It makes me wonder though. Our w126 weighs a little over 3,700 pounds. I have heard that modern cars weigh considerably more for their size because of all the modern safety standards. So was our w126 way over-engineered (in a good way, of course) for its time and everyone else is still trying to catch up (with the exception of multiple air bags)? I can't see that there is an "or" to that question. How can you argue that anything is being done "better" than what we say in the video?
the question is, is it mainly the superior structure or also the superior weight advantage?
if structure more than weight, then light, solid cars, like Porsche and Audi should be almost as safe as an equally solid, but heavier car.??
Well, yes and no. The goal is for the front of the car to be utterly destroyed to take all the energy while leaving the cabin intact. I've been looking for some real crash test videos of the 126. I've only seen one. The front end basically disappeared and A-pillar didn't budge. Perfect performance. If I had to guess I would say it was at 45mph or better against a solid wall (you just don't see that in older cars). Say a new audi had an equally rigid structure. The two would fare just as well against a wall. However, if two cars with equally rigid structures were to collide the big guy would be the winner.
That accident was at 70kph which is roughly 45mph. I'd say that if the 126 hit a man's car at 45 it would have been a little more messed up. Those tin cans definitely gave some cushioning. But nonetheless that's a solid accident. The front end was pretty trashed. I definitely think the 126 did so well for more reasons than it's superior mass.
One more interesting point, you can take a quick passenger compartment safety test by jacking up one corner of a car, and making sure the doors still open close properly/line up. they do great on the Benz, but on my old Contour, they wouldn't close haha.
Its all about efficient crumple zones .W126 has the wieght advantage with heaps of chassis bulk and well engineered crumple zones to disperce the energy from an impact away from the pasenger area.If the car was totaly rigid ie:like a toy car, when you crashed the car would surive intact however your brain and internal organs would be soup ..... so your mercedes makes the ultimate sacrifice in a crash with its own destruction being the very thing that keeps you alive...
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