If you have ever wondered what a Volvo looks like after being dropped from 30 metres above the ground, scroll to the bottom of this article and check out the photos and videos.
The “most extreme crash test ever executed by Volvo” was run by the company to help rescue service workers prepare for extreme crashes.
“This approach helped create enough damage to adequately simulate the damage found in the most extreme crash scenarios: think of single-car accidents at very high speed, accidents whereby a car hits a truck at high speed, or accidents whereby a car takes a severe hit from the side,” said Volvo.
When a crash like this takes place, the people inside the car are likely to be severely injured – and this test allowed rescue workers to practice cutting open the severely-damaged cars to ultimately extract any occupants as quickly as possible.
“We have been working closely together with the Swedish rescue services for many years,” said Hakan Gustafson, a senior investigator with the Volvo Cars Traffic Accident Research Team.
All the findings from the crashes – and the extraction work – will be put into a research report and shared with rescue worker services, said Gustafson.
10 Volvo cars, comprising different models, were dropped from the crane multiple times as part of the tests.
Videos and photos of the car drops, showing the huge amount of force the drops generated and how the cars were damaged, are posted below.