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(YouTube)   John Delorean passed away eight years ago today. Here's the crash test video for the Delorean DMC-12, model year 1981 or 2015   (youtube.com) divider line 24
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2013-03-19 10:26:43 AM  
You can see the cocaine leak out from the airbags when deployed.
 
2013-03-19 10:46:58 AM  

Gotfire: You can see the cocaine leak out from the airbags when deployed.


And to think that John Delorean was never actually released from prison either.

He never went TO prison because he was acquitted of all charges, but that's a minor detail.
 
2013-03-19 10:55:23 AM  
I guess they didn't get it up to 88mph.
 
2013-03-19 11:03:05 AM  

AbiNormal: I guess they didn't get it up to 88mph.


The wall was in the way.
 
2013-03-19 11:24:31 AM  
That thing had airbags?
 
2013-03-19 12:41:43 PM  

chewielouie: That thing had airbags?


This. Airbags weren't even standard equipment till the mid '90's. And very few had anything more than just a driver's side before that, let alone dual airbags.

So for something in 1981 to have dual front airbags is almost unheard of.

I always liked the quote from the awesome 1993 movie Last Action Hero:

Ahnold: "Dammit that hurt."
Kid: "You're lucky you're still alive, you dumb idiot!"
A: "Hey, '89 Mercury Sable. Standard driver side airbag. Checker cab, no airbag. Who's dumb?"
 
2013-03-19 01:40:15 PM  

logieal: chewielouie: That thing had airbags?

This. Airbags weren't even standard equipment till the mid '90's. And very few had anything more than just a driver's side before that, let alone dual airbags.

So for something in 1981 to have dual front airbags is almost unheard of.

I always liked the quote from the awesome 1993 movie Last Action Hero:

Ahnold: "Dammit that hurt."
Kid: "You're lucky you're still alive, you dumb idiot!"
A: "Hey, '89 Mercury Sable. Standard driver side airbag. Checker cab, no airbag. Who's dumb?"


Still looks like the driver got his neck broken.
 
2013-03-19 01:50:11 PM  
Poison Appleseeds:
Still looks like the driver got his neck broken.

Yep, might have lived but doubt they'd ever walk or move their arms again.  Driver slipped under the airbag and the neck snap was pretty dramatic.
 
2013-03-19 02:23:00 PM  

AbiNormal: I guess they didn't get it up to 88mph.


weapon13: AbiNormal: I guess they didn't get it up to 88mph.

The wall was in the way.


They also would have needed 1.21 gigawatts.
 
2013-03-19 02:54:35 PM  

chewielouie: That thing had airbags?


That was my thought too.
 
2013-03-19 03:13:34 PM  
Damn, Doc wasn't kidding, those things do hold up about like tin foil.

Look at the frame damage from the back of the door to the engine.  Even at 35 MPH, the car was just plain f*cked.
 
2013-03-19 03:23:29 PM  
Seemed appropriate

i29.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-19 04:30:23 PM  
GREAT SCOTT!!!
 
2013-03-19 04:34:37 PM  
I didn't realise that airbags have been around that long. Cool.
 
2013-03-19 05:41:05 PM  

Iplaybass: I didn't realise that airbags have been around that long. Cool.


GM had them as a regular option available by the mid 70s, but considering most people didn't wear seat belts back then (the first state to mandate belts was New York in 1984), and an airbag without a seat belt may actually be more dangerous, they didn't become common until much later.

  (The original patents were back in the early 50s, so it only took 40 years to become standard equipment)
 
2013-03-19 10:26:29 PM  
Holy hell that thing is terrible.  The way the passenger compartment warps and transmits energy all the way through?  That'd probably get a one-star rating these days.
 
2013-03-19 10:30:35 PM  

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: Iplaybass: I didn't realise that airbags have been around that long. Cool.

GM had them as a regular option available by the mid 70s, but considering most people didn't wear seat belts back then (the first state to mandate belts was New York in 1984), and an airbag without a seat belt may actually be more dangerous, they didn't become common until much later.

  (The original patents were back in the early 50s, so it only took 40 years to become standard equipment)


The original airbags worked fine without a seatbelt, they were DESIGNED to work without a seat belt.
They still are.
 
2013-03-19 10:42:21 PM  

DemonEater: Holy hell that thing is terrible.  The way the passenger compartment warps and transmits energy all the way through?  That'd probably get a one-star rating these days.


That's what I was thinking.  I bet the dash came over to introduce itself to his knees.  Terrible for only going 35 mph.
 
2013-03-20 12:50:49 AM  
The DMC-12 dosn't hold up as well as a DMG-01...
 
2013-03-20 04:11:27 AM  
When they're getting blow dried.....I think my pancreas just exploded.
 
2013-03-20 04:12:38 AM  
d'oh wrong thread
 
2013-03-20 07:17:02 AM  
Doc! I told you to stop drinking.. awww nooo.. Doc, you destroyed the time machine, how are we going to get back to 1985?
thefeed.com.au

Seriously though, if your a car nut, the wiki is interesting to read. John Delorean had some wacky ideas, originally he was going to build the chassis using an Elastic Moulding process to keep down weight. The chassis ended up basically being a lotus esprit.. The two cars look somewhat similiar
autocognito.com

Also a lot of cars from the late 70's had crappy crash tests if you compared them to even the most basic econobox of today, standards have changed.  All these guys driving around in classic cars (the originals, not these new remakes) are basically riding around in death traps
 
2013-03-20 02:19:47 PM  

toyotaboy: Doc! I told you to stop drinking.. awww nooo.. Doc, you destroyed the time machine, how are we going to get back to 1985?
[thefeed.com.au image 344x258]

Seriously though, if your a car nut, the wiki is interesting to read. John Delorean had some wacky ideas, originally he was going to build the chassis using an Elastic Moulding process to keep down weight. The chassis ended up basically being a lotus esprit.. The two cars look somewhat similiar
[autocognito.com image 850x410]

Also a lot of cars from the late 70's had crappy crash tests if you compared them to even the most basic econobox of today, standards have changed.  All these guys driving around in classic cars (the originals, not these new remakes) are basically riding around in death traps


My uncle had the non-turbo version of that. 1978 Esprit. Beautiful car but WHAT a POS.
 
2013-03-21 03:21:26 AM  
chewielouie

That thing had airbags?

Only the driver got an airbag.  The passenger got a mirror and a razor blade.
 
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