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Hypercars being crash-tested is the most painful footage you’ll ever see

Published: 30/Jul/2020 16:42

by Kieran Bicknell

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As with any production cars that are driven on public roads, supercars and hypercars are not exempt from being crash tested. Unlike watching any ‘normal’ car be crash-tested however, it brings a tear to your eye to see these gorgeous machines deliberately destroyed.

Car safety testing is carried out by subjecting the vehicle to numerous front, rear and side impacts, both stationary and while moving. The results are recorded by the NHTSA to determine how well it protects occupants in a variety of situations.

These impacts, naturally, cause a huge amount of damage to the test vehicles, with costs easily totaling up to hundreds of thousands of dollars per car in the case of luxury vehicles and supercars.

Usually, manufacturers will use their lower-specification models to carry out the testing in order to save money, so long as they use the same structure as the more luxurious or higher-spec models.

Porsche Taycan Crash Tested
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The Porsche Taycan 4S undergoes front impact testing

Most expensive cars crash-tested

A perfect example of this is the Porsche Taycan EV (which starts at $103,800) with Porsche choosing to use the ‘base’ 4S model rather than the more expensive ‘Turbo S’ specification which costs upwards of $185,000.

The crash test dummies themselves aren’t exactly cheap either, with the most advanced models coming in at around $150,000. This is due to the state-of-the-art sensors in their bodies that record data such as the shock level and G-forces caused by the crash.

Let’s take the Mercedes SLS AMG as an example of how much crash testing can cost a company. Ranging from $200,000 to a cool $500,000 when new depending on your specification, each time they have to crash test one of these cars that’s at least $200,000 down the drain. Ouch!

SLS AMG Crash Test
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You can see the windshield survived the impact thanks to the long hood crumple zone

You can see in the video above how the long hood works as a fantastic crumple zone, meaning that even in a head-on collision during testing the windshield remained perfectly intact.

Crash Test Dummy
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Even the dummies are expensive, adding to the astronomical price of crash testing a car

One of the most painful cars to see safety tested in the video above is the Koenigsegg Regera, which costs comfortably over $1,000,000.

Koenigsegg are therefore very clever with their testing. Despite destroying the carbon fiber bodyshell with impacts during the assessment, they are able to simply remove the body and reuse the chassis after most tests in order to keep costs down.

Despite this economical approach to the process, it’s still no less painful seeing this gorgeous hypercar be crashed and smashed in the name of safety.

With plenty of automotive icons featured in the video above such as the Pagani Huayra, McLaren F1 and Bugatti Veyron all being purposefully destroyed, it makes you appreciate just how deep these manufacturers’ pockets must really be.

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Russian Instagram influencer torches his $150,000 Mercedes on purpose

Published: 25/Oct/2020 0:46

by Bill Cooney

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An Instagram influencer literally set his own $150,000 Mercedes Benz on fire after he got fed up with how his local dealership was repairing it.

Several videos of Russian Instagram and YouTube star Mikhail Litvin torching the black GT 63 S went viral over the weekend, with people around the internet both amazed and horrified that someone has enough extra cash rolling around they can just send a luxury car up in flames.

But, Litvin’s display surprisingly wasn’t just a random instance of pure, nihilistic capitalism captured on film, as he claims he was sending a message to his local Mercedes dealership and the company as a whole.

The saga begins like this: Mikhail bought a brand new GT 63 S (running around $140,000 to $160,000) and somehow, broke the engine five times in a row through various automotive shenanigans.

Eventually, he became fed up with how his local Mercedes Benz dealership was repairing the vehicle each time he brought it in, even replacing the turbo kit with one purchased off of eBay at one point.

Paying to have sub-par parts installed in his car seems to have been the final straw for the Russian, who filled his trunk up with gasoline and brought plenty of cameras to a deserted field to send his vehicle off with a Viking funeral.

After bathing the car in fuel, Litvin lights a Looney Tunes-style trail from offscreen and the poor four-door goes up in a massive fireball.

Pouring gasoline on a mercedes
Mikhail Litvin/YouTube
Litvin made sure not to miss a spot.

After contemplating all the memories he had in the Mercedes while the inferno raged behind him, the YouTuber drove into the sunset with his new whip, a classic teal Lada that only needed a little bit of a running start to get going.

With over 11 million followers on Instagram and 4 million subscribers on YouTube, chances are good that Litvin will be picking up a fly new car sometime soon to replace the smoking heap that was his GT 63 S.

Exactly what he’ll replace it with remains to be seen, but we’d bet he’ll have a video out about it when he does.