Skoda Opens State-of-the-art Crash Lab

Skoda Auto has put a state-of-the-art crash lab into operation. The test centre near Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic is designed for all known crash test scenarios, most notably the new requirements of the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP).

Skoda has set up a separate area for handling electric cars following a crash test, and the lab will be able to assess the passive safety both of Skoda models and of other Volkswagen Group brand vehicles.

The new crash lab is more than twice the size of the previous test centre. The crash test hall itself is over 180 m long. A separate hall is specially equipped for disarming electric vehicles. Crash test capacity is being increased to meet the demand for these vehicles and will be gradually expanded by Skoda over the coming years.

At the heart of the lab is an electric drive system that accelerates two vehicles with a total weight of up to 3.5 tonnes to a top speed of 65 km/h, or one weighing up to 3.5 tonnes to a top speed of 120 km/h over the entire length of the track. Other testing equipment includes a ‘Flying Floor’ test sled, which accelerates the cars attached to it for the side pole-impact test. Another piece of testing equipment is the static rollover simulator. Barriers for offset frontal impact, what is known as the small overlap test, and a barrier vehicle for the rear-impact as well as car-to-car tests cover all current test scenarios.

20 static and 30 on-board high-speed cameras – all in HD – record the results of the crash tests.

Source: Motor Trader E-magazine (June 2020)

2 June 2020

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