Car crash tests are crucial. They ensure the thousands of hours the engineers have put into the research, design, and development of the vehicle result in something that is safe for the consumers to use. We’re used to seeing Hondas, Toyotas, and Volvos get smashed into walls, but how about more exclusive supercars like the Pagani Huayra? The clip below is a snippet from a Pagani documentary discussing their patented Carbotanium technology. Basically, it infuses titanium within the carbon fiber weave resulting in a material with extremely high yield strength without the likelihood to shatter upon impact, like traditional carbon fiber. If you can withstand the eye-wincing video, it’s actually pretty cool to see the carbon fiber flex and absorb the crash energy.
Compare the Pagani crash test to the test of a Formula One carbon fiber nose cone. Skip to 1:35 if you want to skip Nico Rosberg reading a script.