plymouth laser awd US 41 DSM WRX GLI CIVIC SI
first car is tims dsm laser awd, vs a mach 1 , towards the end about 24:00
is maciejs (maycheck) wrx vs. hayes's civic si, then tansinis gli vs. fox
body Mustang at 25:00
check out the
Camaro wheelie at 11:20
TIMS DSM 1st video then 3:20 6:45 15:40 and 23:30
96 impala ss at 9:40 20:00
SRT 8 Jepp vs. LT1/Lt4 corvette 21:30
all at us 41 race track in morroco, indiana May 26, 2007 street car chaos
Pontiac Fiero NHTSA Frontal Crash Test
This is one of the original crash test videos for the Pontiac Fiero. In
this video, dummies were restrained with the factory seatbelts.
"Fieros are deathtraps!" Not hardly......
Many people think that the Pontiac Fiero is an unsafe vehicle due to its
small size. It turns out that the Fiero was the safest vehicle ever tested
by the NHTSA without airbags. It was the second safest vehicle on the road
in 1985, second to the Volvo DL Wagon. The DL had airbags. Even by today's
standards, the Fiero still rivals many newer vehicles on the road today.
The methods of testing are exactly the same in 2010 as they were back in
1979 when NHTSA began testing cars. Cars are tested by impacting a solid
barrier at 35 MPH.
The Fiero received a 5 star crash rating for both driver and passenger. A
5-star rating means a 10% or lower chance of serious injury. So 5-star
means the same now as it meant 25 years ago.
Here are a few comparisons:
1984 Pontiac Fiero
Head Injury Criterion: 356.5/308.6
Chest Deceleration (G): 30.9/29.9
Femur Load 840/800 800/740
2003 Cadillac Deville
Head Injury Criterion: 826/507
Chest Deceleration (G): 75/58
Femur Load: 825/1297 875/848
2007 Buick Lacrosse
Head Injury Criterion: 374/259
Chest Deceleration (G): 43/42
Femur Load: 1099/1112 909/405
2009 Ford Focus
Head Injury Criterion: 521/389
Chest Deceleration (G): 40/40
Femur Load: 1133/1652 1138/968
As you can see, the 1980s Pontiac is still one of the safer cars on the
road today. The Fiero is as good as or better than many of today's vehicles
that have airbags.
The Fiero is also very stable. The Fiero received a Static Stability
Factor, or Rollover Resistance rating, of 1.47. This equates to a 5-star
Even if you are unfortunate enough to get into a rollover accident, the
Fiero excels in safety once again with its incredibly strong roof
structure. According to the NHTSA, the Fiero was tested by inverted drop
and roof crush testing. In the inverted drop test, the Fiero, along with
cars like the Ford F150 and Plymouth Laser were turned over and dropped on
their roofs. The Fiero scored best with 8.3 cm crush on the a-pillar and
3.8 cm on the B-pillar. The Ford F-150 had the worst rating with 42.5cm
crush on a-pillar and 40.6cm on the B-pillar. The Plymouth Laser actually
had a slightly better rating than Fiero for B pillar with 3.2cm crush.
In another publication, NHTSA tested cars roofs by crushing them with a
steel plate and hydraulic ram. In the example given, the Chevrolet S10 had
the worst rating with 5320 lbs roof strength, while the Fiero has the
highest rating with 9909 lbs of roof strength. This equates to 3.53 roof
strength to weight ratio, complying with even the most recent roof strength
requirement of 3.00:1 strength ratio. It is kind of funny how the Pontiac
Fiero is still meeting many of the most modern crash test requirements
without even frontal airbags.....
Now for Death rate. Death rate is a number given to cars to reflect the
likelihood of death in any particular vehicle. The Fiero, along with Camaros and Firebirds,
happen to have a very high death rate. A high death rate doesn't mean the
car is unsafe, it just means that this type of car is going to be driven faster and more recklessly,
increasing the chance of an accident, which in turn, increases the chance
of serious injury or death. If you hit a concrete wall at 80MPH with no
seatbelts on, I don't care what car you are in, you will be killed. The
human body just simply cannot take that kind of G load and people need to
stop driving like idiots. Please comment. I would like to see your reaction
to this and hear some of your crash stories. Please drive responsibly.
Video courtesy of NHTSA, NCAP and Calspan Crash Testing Center.
Other vehicle data from http://www.safercar.gov
Fiero crash test data from
Fiero frontal crush data from
Fiero Static Stability Factor data from
Fiero Death rate data from http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809004.PDF
Fiero Roof Crush data from
DUBSTEP Racing - 500hp Evo vs 505hp Corvette C6 Z06 - Skrillex Equinox
Version without music - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asNC2w2kjTk
Silvertool Racing - Evo 8 2.3L 400whp vs Corvette C6 Z06 427 LS7 505hp
400whp on 93 octane pump gas, very conservative tune (it needs to be
reliable since its a track toy/daily and my only car).
This Evo is daily driven in all weather. It has full interior A/C P/S.
This video shot on street tires (Dunlop Star Spec Z1's)
I don't know who the driver of the Z06 was or what mods or tires he was
running. Most likely stock power, track pads and maybe tires. If you were
the driver of the Z thumbs up to you sir.
Music (had to get creative do block out terrible windnoise) apologies to
those who don't like the music:
First of the Year (Equinox) - Skrillex (Dubstep)
For speed reference 135mph in the main straight before entry to turn 1.
Slowest place on the track is turn 7 sharp right hander about 50mph. Most
turns are taken between 65-90mph on street tires. For reference during
these 3 chase laps laptimes were 1.5-2.0 seconds slower than my normal