Ford Focus obliterated in 120mph crash test

October 24, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

This is the terrifying moment a Ford Focus smashes into a solid concrete wall at 120mph in the world’s fastest ever crash test.

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Industry experts EuroNCAP normally crash vehicles at speeds of 40mph when giving production cars a safety rating.

But Five’s motoring show Fifth Gear wanted to see what would happen in a head-on collision at three times this speed – a figure most family cars are capable of.

However, because of the expected destruction, organisers refused to use expensive crash test dummies and instead opted for cheaper mannequins for the scary experiment.

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The complex operation saw engineers from MIRA setting up a winch which would thrust the Ford towards the wall using 16 times the pulling power of a Bugatti Veyron.

As the contraption was activated, the Ford Focus was hurtled towards its final destination with Fifth Gear presenter Jonny Smith looking on edge.

It then smashes into the concrete wall and is obliterated on impact to the horror of the visibly shocked host.

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Within just 60 milliseconds, the car went from 120mph to 0mph with the mannequins subjected to forces of up to 400g.

If there were humans inside, it would be a total loss.

Fifth Gear described the test as ”shocking and sobering” with Smith adding it was ”mighty haunting”.

Ellie Pearson from road safety charity Brake praised Fifth Gear for carrying out the test which demonstrated the potential risk of high-speed driving.

She said: ”Modern cars are capable of reaching immense speeds and it is important that people realise how dangerous high speed driving is.

”This footage demonstrates the utter destruction of a high speed impact and hopefully anyone who sees it will think twice about their speed the next time they drive.”

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