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C. Flower
28-05-2010, 09:13 AM
This is a fascinating little report of a little known car built 35 years ago in the US, with video and photos as well as the history of its development and ulimate crushing.

http://jalopnik.com/5549518/how-the-us-government-killed-the-safest-car-ever-built


http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/12/2010/05/500x_rsv_safety_car_open.jpg

When profit and safety conflict, safety has a hard time.

The UN predicts more than a million road deaths a year globally over the next decade.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/23/unitednations.transport

Victor Meldrew
28-05-2010, 01:59 PM
It did not have seat belts, It had gullwing doors (what do you do when the car rolls over?)

so two fundamental mistakes.

Engine in the rear is never a good idea either.

basically this was a test mule and was "wrong" for the market, not ahead of it's time. Good curiosity piece, but nothing else...

i'd say the handling would have been "challenging"

Tony1975
28-05-2010, 03:53 PM
It did not have seat belts, It had gullwing doors (what do you do when the car rolls over?)

so two fundamental mistakes.

Engine in the rear is never a good idea either.

basically this was a test mule and was "wrong" for the market, not ahead of it's time. Good curiosity piece, but nothing else...

i'd say the handling would have been "challenging"

As would trying to get out of the damn thing in a busy car park.:)

C. Flower
28-05-2010, 04:58 PM
Points all taken - but compared with almost all US cars of its day or since, a surprisingly good-looking car.