RE: [DML] The COMPLETE DeLorean crash test videos, report and more.
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RE: [DML] The COMPLETE DeLorean crash test videos, report and more.

These FULL videos of the crash test (and some other interesting stuff) are
now live and loaded at



From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
James Espey
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2012 2:50 PM
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [DML] The COMPLETE DeLorean crash test videos, report and more.



Here is the complete PDF on the crash testing shown in the video.

It was *not* a test of the DeLorean, but a test of how car already in
production *could* have airbags fitted using computer modeling techniques
rather than design the car with airbags in mind. The DeLorean car was used
(two, actually - a 35mph test and a 40mph test) because DMC donated four
early production cars (VIN 515, 517, 531 and 537) to the National Highway
Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In the 40mph test, the testers were unable to get one of the driver's side
door latches to close completely, and this violated the integrity of the
side impact beam (which goes from latch to latch inside the door) causing it
to open from the impact. This is noted in the report (page 60 in the PDF),
and in spite of that, the report further goes on to state:

After the 40mph test ".the compartment interior dimensions following the
crash were still quite generous so that most of the original compartment
volume was maintained."

".the DeLorean proved to be a very well designed vehicle in terms of
allowing a relatively great amount of front end crush without adversely
compromising the "survival space" in the compartment."

This doesn't bear out Claude's flippant and inaccurate comment about the
occupants being "DOA", as he posted earlier.

This is also NOT a complete video - the original videos, which will be
posted on the DeLorean Museum Facebook page later today, are each (the 35mph
and 40mph tests) about 4 minutes long.

Finally, there were ZERO cars EVER produced with ERM underbodies. Even the
prototypes were made with fiberglass underbodies as the expense associated
with the tooling required for ERM would not be justified for prototypes. A
few NON-STRUCTURAL parts of the production car are made with ERM, but that's

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.


James Espey


DeLorean Motor Company

james@xxxxxxxxxxxx <> 

15023 Eddie Drive

Humble, Texas 77396 USA

Tel: 800/872-3621 (USA only)

Tel2: +1-281/441-2537

Fax: +1-281/441-2813


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