Paul 290TI'm not so sure the 944 shell is bad as you think.In a past part of my career i had access to late model Nissan Micra shells, also minus the engine and front cross member located at the radiator position. It was so flimsy that i could grab each engine support beam and twist the whoe bodyshell by hand, maybe 4 inches up and down on respectively on each engine support.
graham.webbGreat photos! Don't forget, however, that from the '80s on manufacturers designed their structures for deformability to absorb crash energy. This is why a minor frontal is so expensive...the crumple zones do just that. I worked for a steel supplier then, and they did a lot of work on rivetted and glued box sections (for Jaguar I think). Fascinating at the time, but widely used now!Interested to know about your revised radiator spec/location. Just had a burst rad on the S2...not cheap!
graham.webbThat looks just like a stunt from Top Gear!! All it needs is a Morris Marina instead of the 904....
PSHPorsche Transaxle models are extremely strong for frontal and rear impact, there are reports of full frontal at well over 130mph with the driver walking away, unhurt. These cars weren't just built for speed, they were built to protect their driver in the event of a high-speed impact too.Their crumple zones are very efficientPete
924Srr27l 130mph walkaway frontal crash!... That sounds like PUB talk!The tests Porsche would of done as in the pictures you posted would of been 70% less than this! I didn't think or wouldn't consider that the (Project EA425) 924 was built for Speed, it was after all a budget coupe which in the USA form only had 95bhp!And the management at VW decided NOT to make it but produce the Scirocco instead as their sports model. Don't forget as (some prefer to) that your car and even more so 968 owners that all your car's are 924's with 300kg+ more weight added with heavier engines and components / suspension / brakes, and wider wings etc...they are all the same Steel chassis / body frame doors hatch etc... I don't suspect it's a weak car that would crumple with a small shunt, but production and safety has come a long way over the last 5 decades so it's best and fair that it's only compared to other car's from the 70's like Morris Minor's! R
scam75I have a strut brace in my turbo and it can only help in the event of a collision one would assume.
scam75Well it is neither! It cant make the structure weaker though and adds strength between the turrets as well as sharpening up the handling. Bit off topic now.....
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