In the 5 minute and 43 second video above, founders and managers of Koenigsegg explain how its cars, much like all the cars ready for public roads, must undergo “crash testing” in order for the vehicles to be deemed safe for use. Koenigsegg approach the procedures a bit differently however, as the exorbitant price of their cars can’t afford for standard crash testing norms.
For instance, Carscoops explains that a “normal” $25,000 USD car would undergo 16 crash tests and pay $400,000 USD of “loss” with these vehicles. Koenigsegg hypercars however cost upward of a million dollars each, and losing 16 of these would be financially impossible to bear.
To combat this, the company reveals that the tests are done on more limited cars and fixed to be retested — this method proves to be cheaper than sacrificing fully-built vehicles.
The video, above, delves more into the methods that the team go through, as doors, dashes, bumpers, fenders, undercarriages, and more are all torture tested to the most cringe-worthy degree. The bodywork, subframes and materials are tested but the integrity of the monocoque chassis is spared to maintain rebuilds. The workers are thus seen slamming, hitting, bending, and punishing the carbon fiber surfaces, metals and plastics to the most aggressive levels.
Watch the fairly violent video above and in other automotive news, Tesla is investigating a Model S that seemingly self-destructs in Shanghai.