We here at Motrolix would unanimously count ourselves among the speed-crazed, and yet even we have had very few occasions to travel at speeds at or above 124 miles per hour. Chances are, we’re quite a lot like the general motoring populace in that way.
So the reasons which compelled Switzerland’s Dynamic Test Center to conduct this series of high-speed crash tests are somewhat mysterious; such tests have perhaps very few real-world applications.
Nonetheless, the footage of these aforementioned crash tests is riveting. Over the course of less than 40 seconds, we get a front row seat to 5 different crashes, each consisting of one car travelling at 124 mph (200 kmph) plowing straight into another vehicle parked just in front of two untethered concrete barriers.
What’s particularly interesting is how much those barriers move in each of these crash tests. Assuming they are of the standard “Jersey Barrier” variety, each ought to weigh somewhere close to 6,000 pounds.
Watching these 124 mph crash tests, it’s hard to imagine any life form in either of the two vehicles involved surviving the impact. The parked car especially bears the brunt of the collision, and comes out at the other end looking rather like it’s been the victim of an atomic blast.
But since these crash tests involve no life forms, we can kick back, relax, and enjoy the carnage. C’est la vie.