As a result of this work, MIRA’s engineers crash test a large number of vehicles at their Nuneaton based Highway Safety and Protection of Infrastructure Test Centre. The facility is a purpose built outdoor crash laboratory designed for crash testing vehicles up to 120mph, which can also cater for heavy vehicles including lorries and military platforms.
As soon as the dust has settled after a crash test, each vehicle is meticulously analysed before being written off. Some are then taken away for scrap and safe disposal, while others are donated by MIRA to the emergency services for training purposes.
MIRA has supported fire and rescue teams across the local area for a number of years including The West Midlands Fire Service, as well as teams in Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. As a result the success of this important initiative has spread to include Bristol’s Severn Park Fire & Rescue Training Centre which trains emergency teams in the South West of England.
The first vehicle, a VW Passat, was donated to Severn Park in December 2014, with a further two cars due for delivery in January.