Service economy inspires crappy design

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Re: Service economy inspires crappy design

Post by Tortoise » Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:55 pm

Xan wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:12 pm
Even among modern cars, there are some big differences. Here's a rollover comparison between a Volvo XC-90 and a Ford Explorer. The first 45 seconds during the Volvo test are pretty boring (which says a lot), but things get REALLY exciting in the second half when they do the Ford...
The test setup in that video looks off to me. It looks like part of the reason why the Ford Explorer took a bigger beating than the Volvo was simply because its axis of rotation brought it closer to the sliding platform.

I mean, yeah, if you raise up the axis of rotation high enough, the rolling car will barely even touch the platform as it slides underneath (Volvo). And if you lower it enough, you'll pulverize the car (Ford Explorer).

Or am I mistaken about that test setup, and the distances were carefully calibrated for each automobile based on its size?
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Re: Service economy inspires crappy design

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