The IIHS Crash Test Ramming Car Has Pretty Sweet Rims

Screenshot: IIHS (YouTube)

I was just thinking about how nice a set of basketweave-style wheels would look on my 1984 Nissan 300ZX when I found myself watching the 2019 Mazda3 crash test, and realized: “Hey, the deathcart-thing that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety uses as a battering ram has them!”

I tried to convince my friend and colleague Kristen Lee that the ram car here (called a moving barrier) has sweet wheels when she was blogging about the Mazda3’s crash performance yesterday but, alas, she wasn’t having it.

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So maybe not everybody appreciates the classic look of a many-spoked BBS-style wheel, but I know the 1990s BMW and JDM car-fans are feeling me. Right?

Photo: BMW
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This barrier would totally kill it at Radwood—a show that celebrates everything good about 1980s and 1990s car culture. Uh, I mean that proverbially, of course. Don’t stand in front of any car that’s actually a battering ram. Just in case.

I can’t be the only one who sees this. Take a closer look at the wheels on the kill-car:

Screenshot: IIHS (YouTube)
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They pretty much look like the iconic basketweaves on the E30 M3! And, of course, that style of wheel has been an aftermarket classic, mostly because it looks good on so many cars.

Including, I guess, the rolling wall-faced car that the IIHS uses to test the crash survivability of other cars. Neat.

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Andrew P. Collins

Reviews Editor, Jalopnik | 1975 International Scout, 1984 Nissan 300ZX, 1991 Suzuki GSXR, 1998 Mitsubishi Montero, 2005 Acura TL