July 2, 2016
Muscle Cars Just Aren’t That Muscular 0
The muscle car is America. When you think of it you should think America, or if you don’t, then we certainly do anyway. So with all that power in the muscle car frame, how well do the cars perform in crash safety tests? They have never been tested up until recently and the results are surprising.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have released videos and reports of the muscle car tests. The IIHS works and tests in a similar capacity to the EuroNCAP testing methods and standards. There were three muscle cars tested; the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenge. All three of these vehicles also had V8 engines, so were tested in their usual sporting capacity.
One of the reasons for the IIHS’ tests on the vehicles is because the muscle car is beginning to gain huge popularity in the states again. The second reason is because sports cars are in ever more crashes. So, for the companies to understand what is needed to make the vehicles safer, the tests were undertaken. The IIHS President Adrian Lund argued that ‘Given that sports cars have high crash rates, it’s especially important that they offer the best occupant protection possible in a crash.’
The cars did perform well, but not too well. All three vehicles received a good rating for moderate front end overlay crashes and side impact safety tests. But, in some tests, the vehicles really did underperform. In one test, a dummy’s foot had to be screwed out of its socket because the foot well had collapsed so much.
After the results were published, the Ford Mustang was the safest vehicle. This was followed by the Camaro and then finally the Challenger. With a name like Muscle car, surely you would think that they would be a lot more muscular than they actually are.