What is time actually? What are 200 milliseconds and how important are they to your life? For your survival? The accident researchers at Saab asked themselves this question in 1996. 200 milliseconds could be decisive. About life and death. And about whether you can survive an accident safely or whether damage will remain for the rest of your life.
Saab and accident research
The car manufacturers in Trollhättan had security written in their DNA. They started analyzing accidents at an early stage and assessing the real traffic situations. The Saab 9000 already had a safety cell at a time when - apart from Mercedes and Volvo - hardly anyone thought of it.
That had consequences. For many years the 9000 series was the safest car in Sweden, maybe even in the world. In Trollhättan they continuously worked on improving the concepts and incorporated them into the series. In 1996 a film was produced about it.
200 milliseconds in 9 minutes
From the crucial period in which an accident happens, this important 200 milliseconds, they actually made around 9 minutes at Saab. However, none of them get boring, because the speaker in the background explains, millisecond for millisecond, what is going on. A Saab 9000 CC, at that time already replaced by the CS, is spectacularly slammed onto the floor from the height of a 4th floor - more than just one vehicle is scrapped in the course of the film. Takes on the entire product range, the Saab 9000 CS and 900 II can also drive against the wall.
What is remarkable is the fact that an elaborate film was made with the 1996 in 9000. It's already out of date, its career is coming to an end. Behind the scenes, the Saab 9-5 is already doing its laps, which will be better and safer. The safety cell of the 9000 CS is expanded into a cage in the 9-5, which is a significant improvement.
Apparently the old 9000 is enough for the makers of the film, it is still the safest car in the country.
What is left at the end of the post? One is impressed with the accident research at Saab. Is of course a little sad that this great company no longer exists. But is secretly happy that you drive a Saab and has a good feeling about it. Because the products had a good DNA, and safety is not a marginal issue with old cars either.