High Energy Facility - Outdoor Crash Site


Our external crash site is 30,000m2 in size with scope for extensive civil engineering installations.

The crash site gives us the ability to test high energy impacts or tests that cannot be carried out within an enclosed crash laboratory environment. It has a totally flexible towing and guidance system, allowing all test configurations and angles to be achieved for all types of passenger and commercial vehicles up to 70 tonnes.

We conduct roll-over test configurations to both FMVSS 208 and the upcoming corkscrew requirement, as well as vehicle-to-vehicle impacts. The site is typically used for testing vehicle roadside restraints (EN1317), passive roadside furniture (EN12767) and security products to protect from vehicle borne threats (IWA14-1, PAS 68, ASTM F2656). The crash site also benefits from housing an extensive range of permanent product installation sockets and anchors.

Our dedicated engineering team who contribute to the development of the very latest standards are on hand to provide a full range of supporting services from product design advice, protocol and standards interpretation to the management of any civil installation and vehicle procurement.

Car to car crash impact.

The site uses a state-of-the-art off-board and on-board high speed camera technology and instrumentation controlled by Wi-Fi to minimise risk to personnel. It also benefits from a dedicated customer office with Wi-Fi and a number of additional supporting facilities close by including a fabrication workshops, an electrical and electronics department and professional photographers.

All testing can be supported by the use of HORIBA MIRA's computer simulated vehicle models during the product development phase. All vehicle models are unique to HORIBA MIRA and are validated to the latest test standards.