• Jun 10, 2010
World Cup crash test – Click above to watch video after the jump

Unless you've spent any time overseas during a World Cup celebration, you really can't comprehend how crazy fans go for their respective teams. With the event only coming around once every four years, everyone has plenty of time to let their craziness build up, and as a result, localities explode with flags of every origin and diehards take to the streets to profess their team pride. Naturally, that includes hanging out of every available car window and sunroof with air horns in hand.

Now, we don't speak German, so we have little to no idea who initiated this video after the jump, but it's worth checking out. A safety organization wanted to show just what happens when a vehicle gets into a low-speed accident with its occupants dangling outside of the body structure – a World Cup crash test. As you might imagine, it doesn't go well for a bunch of crash-test dummy fans when their Audi A6 Avant meets an immovable object.

So remember kids, keep your hands, heads and torso inside of the vehicle at all times, or the ze Germans will ruin a perfectly good long roof as punishment.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is why, when celebrating a world victory, I always wear a helmet and steel chest plate*....

      *not based on a true story.
      • 4 Years Ago
      25mph? Hmm, I hit higher speeds than that on my bicycle, and I suspect the injuries from a bicycle crash at 25mph or 30mph would be much worse. Sometimes, we just have to accept that enjoyable activities have an inherent risk of injury. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if people walking on the sidewalks of such parades are at greater risk of injury - I'd love to see a study from that perspective.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you thought that was cool, you should try this old freeware called Truck Dismount. You set up a little crash test man/dummy however you want in relation to a truck (sitting inside normally, on the roof of the cab, standing in front of it, etc) and then you can adjust other factors like truck speed, ramp position(s), presence of glass in the cabin..then you watch the simulation run and try to do the most damage you can to your little guy. Hilarity ensues.

      http://jet.ro/dismount/

      • 4 Years Ago
      "or the ze Germans will ruin"

      the ze?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I call sunroof position!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This test is outdated: now soccer fans use vuvuzelas.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like an A4 Avant to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what SHE said!
        • 4 Years Ago
        it is most definitely an A6 avant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My mistake then! It just looks a lot smaller on video.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just think how bad the "Footloose" crash test would be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL what a stupid test. The worst thing I can see that happened is that they dropped their horns.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The crash test in the video is performed in the Automotive Safety Research Centre (Forschungszentrum für Automobile Sicherheit) of Allianz, an insurance company, at 40kph (~25mph as already mentioned).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ok, in the stock footage, the revelers are creeping along slower than walking pace. Yet in the lab, the Audi takes off like it's a drag race.

      Apples to oranges?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, in the lab it only had a couple feet to get up to 25mph, so of course it's going to have to do a bit of accelerating... Doesn't change anything about the target speed at which it'll hit the wall... Look at the last shot of dudes celebrating at the end of the video, they're doing a good 25. And I've seen people going much, much faster doing this kind of stuff, while the driver (not always sober) is chanting and celebrating just as much as the other ones. I don't see anything wrong with this test...
      • 4 Years Ago
      GOAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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