Posted by BMVW on February 15, 1999 at 08:51:17:
In Reply to: Re: How safe is an E46?? (long) posted by Jim Robertson on February 15, 1999 at 08:37:49:
Truthfully, I'm well aware of the incredible safety of Daytona and Indy cars. I always laugh when some anti-racecar "safety junkie" tells me that those cars are "so dangerous. How can you watch that?" All the while, here we are being killed in 40-mph crashes, while those boys do hextuple backflips, lose every single body panel of the car, burst into flames, yet walk out with nothing more than a split lip and a bruised ego!
(And still, they climb atop the car and throw their arms up in victory for the crowd.)
Safety like that in passenger cars is what we need. The beef, of course, is the cost of manufacturing such safety cages and super-strong pillar construction, etc. One would hope that the auto industry could up safety and bite the costs for production. Though I think we'd sooner see
Barney the Dinosaur turn a lovely shade of mustard.
What I meant by feeling safer in a steel car than in one made of plastic, is that these days the standard is the typical "5-mph bumper" ... if you are hit, the bumper is trashed. That is one thing I miss about those big metal bumpers and body panelling. The trade-off is passenger safety, though. The cars may sustain more damage, but the driver/riders are usually hurt more. Drop-out engine blocks, crumple zones, and all the goodies add up to be a great safety package. But the poor car ends up needing a lot more than a rubber mallet to bang out the dents.