Watch the Glickenhaus SCG 004S Pass a Side Impact Test Without Airbags

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Photo credit: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus
Photo credit: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus

Side-impact airbags are a staple of modern safety standards. At awkward angles where crash structures cannot be built to compress and protect passengers, additional airbags add extra levels of protection. That makes side impacts a particularly thorny issue for cars with less-traditional cabins, like the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 004S supercar. SCG solved that problem in a unique way: They simply designed a car that could pass a 32 MPH side impact test without those additional airbags.

In a video shared by the manufacturer, you can see the impact with a deformable barrier fly toward the car at the required 32 MPH. It then hits the right-hand side door at a slight angle, instantly compressing the crash structure in a simulation of a crash that could happen at an intersection. A photo of the aftermath shared by the company shows just how successful the test was, with the crash structure compressed and the passenger inside still well within the protected safety cell. According to a company release, SCG believes they are the only manufacturer to have passed this specific test without an airbag.

These tests are a very expensive part in the process for road-certifying the SCG 004S, one that the brand told Road & Track last year could cost just under $1 million. Two other previous tests, one last May and one this February, have been shared by the company. The SCG 004S, which was revealed all the way back in 2017, is finally headed for the road some time soon.

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