• Nov 17, 2009
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG crash test – click above to watch the video after the jump

It's a sad fact that incredibly expensive, highly desirable cars have to be smashed to bits in the name of safety, but we have to admit we quietly enjoy watching the carnage. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG had to endure its time with the crash barrier, and the video proves that the $200,000 supercar can hold its own against the international wall of destruction. The offset impact crash showed that virtually all of the energy was absorbed by its long front end while the cockpit remained largely intact. But what if the SLS flipped on its lid, rendering the gullwing doors inoperable?

In order to comply with federal standards that mandate that a door must be operational in the event of a rollover crash, MB built explosive charges into the hinge pins so that the doors could be blown off in the event of a rollover. As evidenced by the video after the jump, the charges worked, although in the video shown here, the explosives were triggered by an outside switch. In the event of a real-wold crash, yanking on the door handles would trigger the explosives once the SLS AMG was upside-down for a pre-determined amount of time.

If you haven't seen the vid already, click past the break to view it in full. It's a bit long and boring at the beginning, but it gets interesting around the halfway point when the merciless destruction begins.



Photos copyright ©2009 Chris Paukert / Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Mercedes-Benz via YouTube]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"

      Michael Caine 1969
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I hear 'exploding doors', I can't help but think of The Right Stuff when the door blew off the Liberty Bell 7. Hopefully these suckers to shoot off accidentally. That would be really interesting in traffic...
      • 5 Years Ago
      come to think of it I bet this is why they did not make one of these sooner.
      Because if you roll your car and it lands on the roof, and then catches fire - you are in a locked oven essentially.........that's all I'm sayin'
        • 5 Years Ago
        That predetermined time is likely on the order of a few seconds at most, if that. Not something you would notice in such a situation. Long enough to stop an accidental firing during a rollover but enabled very soon after rolling ceases and the car is resting on it's roof or any position requiring the pins to fire. Having the door pins enabled after a single roll and somehow having them trigger mid flip wouldn't be the best of situations.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yea... if the accident happens really fast and you're upside down and on fire... you're going to have to wait the pre-determined time until the computer allows the doors to explode off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems some think it will take Hans Frauleiner to push a red button to let you out of your wreck. I'm beyond sure they just remote detonate it so they can control the time it opens.

      They blew the hinges when the car was at full rest, resembling a worst case scenario with all of the weight of the car on one hinge potentially, just to be sure it works as designed.

      Beats going to a restaurant, hitting on the hostess, taking her for a ride in your Lambo Murci, failing, rolling and then getting trapped in the lit wreckage because the skizzor doors won't...freakin...open.

      This happened. Love Wrecked Exotics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      aka. The next bond movie prop!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Totally anticlimactic after being promised "exploding doors" ha.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want this job.

      I mean, it's obviously harder than it looks, but really cool nevertheless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A computer decides when to blow off the doors? Yes, because Mercedes is known for its reliable electronics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Could be useful if you mange to drive into a lake or something too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm curious as to what they are using for the explosion. Is it like airbags? if they use a chemical explosion (gun powder, whatever) it degrades over time. It would be in the 100K service to replace the mechanism?
        • 5 Years Ago
        probably the same thing they use to blow off the heavy windshields from armored cars. some sort of plastic explosive i guess.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The article states they use exploding bolts, so whatever mechanism exploding bolts work by.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gullwings are cool and all, but this just demonstrates how easy it would be to give this car the two coolest car body features ever: t-top (Camaro style) and doorless (Wrangler style). Thank me later, AMG, thank me later.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see a great way to break in to a Gullwing :) Just send the right EM trigger and the car's yours. Minus a door, of course :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        well at that point you're just sitting inside a car without a door, still have to start it.
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