This Is How They Test Crash Barriers On Bridges

Ever stare at the barest pieces of concrete and metal preventing you from veering off a bridge and plummeting hundreds of feet to your watery grave below, and wondering how they test all that? Me neither, let’s be honest. But if you did, it’s exactly how you think they’d do it. By crashing big stuff into it. » 5/06/15 5:00pm 5/06/15 5:00pm

Nissan LMP1 Passed Its Crash Test; Roll Hoop Now Good For Barrel Rolls

When we last heard an update on the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, the car was going to sit out the first two rounds of the World Endurance Championship for further development work. One thing to fix was a front roll hoop that didn't pass the FIA's crash tests. Per Darren Cox in the Q&A today, that item just passed. » 3/25/15 5:07pm 3/25/15 5:07pm

Scary Crash Test Shows Why You Don't Want A Chinese Mini Cooper Clone

As someone who's spent most of his driving life tooling blissfully around in cars that are, by modern standards, deathtraps, it's sort of satisfying to see that old deathtrap touch isn't totally gone from modern cars. Like this Lifan 320, which collapses like your uncle's cool pocket drinking cup in a crash test. » 12/05/14 4:20pm 12/05/14 4:20pm

​People Are Getting So Fat We're Making Obese Crash Test Dummies

Humanetics has been developing crash test dummies since the 1950s, beginning with aerospace research and eventually moving into automotive world. Now, 60 years later, it's developing the first obese crash dummy because, dammit, we love our 64-ounce Cokes and want to order a Doritos Locos Taco through an app. » 10/28/14 7:20pm 10/28/14 7:20pm

Here's What Happens When You Crash A Smart ForTwo Into An S-Class

In order to convince potential buyers that the minuscule Smart ForTwo isn't something they will be violently killed in, Smart has long trumpeted the car's "tridion safety cell" as being one of the most protective systems out there. But how does it hold up in a Mercedes-style David vs. Goliath crash test? » 7/17/14 5:07pm 7/17/14 5:07pm

I Can't Stop Watching This Horrifying Golf Cart Crash Test Video

Here's a Jalopnik Helpful Hint: if you're going to hop into a golf cart, don't crash it. Because it will not end well for you. Your throat will be impaled on a steering wheel, you'll probably snap your neck, and you'll definitely have a face full of glass pebbles. But watching the tests is awesome. » 6/04/14 1:20pm 6/04/14 1:20pm