200 milliseconds of your life - accident research at Saab

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.

200 milliseconds of your life. Accident research at Saab.
200 milliseconds of your life. Accident research at Saab.

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 It's already out of date, its career is coming to an end.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.

3 thoughts on "200 milliseconds of your life - accident research at Saab"

  • Swedish steel

    The Swedes were damn good at steel, iron and casting. You seem to have had it in your blood or in your breast milk ...

    And today? Statistics would be interesting. I could bet that in S the proportion of people in the population who can cast, forge, bend, iron and weld is still significantly higher than in D.

    No wonder if they were the first to achieve the stability of the passenger cell and intelligent deformation of impact zones at the engineering level.

    The stability has always been there. They couldn't help it. After belts and headrests, all that remained was controlled deformation to take occupant protection to the next level.

    At the time, controlled also meant that the cars would not suffer total write-offs if not necessary for occupant protection.

    As far as I know, the bumpers of the 9000 are still the record holders for the highest impact speed that a vehicle has ever withstood completely undamaged.

    Today, all possible and impossible cars easily get 4 to 5 stars in crash tests, which you only need to look at to cause a total economic loss even for a new car. This has nothing in common with the holistic approach of the Saab engineers at the time.

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  • It is still unclear why Swedish politicians left the manufacturer in the rain almost 10 years ago - in France, for example, such a failure would be highly unlikely.

    In terms of safety, in addition to many other positive features, you can see that SAAB automobiles are among the jewels in automotive engineering.

    We drive our two favorites (9-3 Cabrio, built in 2001 and 9-3 Bio Power, built in 2011) as long as possible!

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  • Pretty impressive. 200 ms to almost 10 minutes - that's something. What an effort SAAB made back then is completely crazy. It's already Mercedes style. It was clear that these cars had to be extremely safe.

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