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#1 T-5 Killer

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:20 AM

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The Hallett/CarFX project Mustang — featured on the December '09 cover of 5.0 Mustang — dramatically flipped over a tire wall at Hallet Circuit in Oklahoma this weekend, ending up on its roof.
The accident apparently happened at turn eight of the track, and the results, as you can see from the gallery above, couldn't be any more dramatic. After ramping the tire wall, the car planted nose-first into the ground and flipped forward, coming to a halt on its roof. You can see in the post-pancake-flipping images that the bolt-in roll cage simply punched through the floor, completely failing in its duty.


Incredibly, neither the driver nor passenger were injured in the accident. Reminds us why we prefer weld-in cages with big thick contact pads.


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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:25 AM

looks stealthy now :ph34r:

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:26 AM

Wow! I figured the windshield would cave in, but that! You would have figured the two guys dead just by looking at the photos.
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:31 AM

"look better... go faster"

lols

I am in shock they are still alive. Were they 4' tall? By the looks of the photos anyone wearing a seat belt and over 5' tall would have been decapitated.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:38 AM

"look better... go faster"

lols

I am in shock they are still alive. Were they 4' tall? By the looks of the photos anyone wearing a seat belt and over 5' tall would have been decapitated.


Unless the seats failed too! :blink:

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:38 AM

I wonder what kind of shit roll cage that was?


On a side note: at least they can easily do a chop top. :unsure:
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:44 AM

Sheesh.
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:44 AM

did the tubing bend at all or anything or did it simply just push through the floor boards?
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:44 AM

I wonder what kind of shit roll cage that was?


On a side note: at least they can easily do a chop top. :unsure:


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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:48 AM

did the tubing bend at all or anything or did it simply just push through the floor boards?


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I think that is part of the roll cage poking through the floor board. :unsure:
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 10:43 AM

Having been on the lid twice in a race car I question the driver the would trust his/her life to a bolt in cage. Also, maybe they were wearing arm restraints, but I don't see a window net in any of those photos, and that's just tempting fate as well.

Along these lines, for the SCCA folks, would there be any interest in getting some training in a rollover simulator next year in FMN ? Most people have never actually had to unbuckle from a car upside down, and possibly on fire...and some training that is free or very low cost could save your life....

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 10:48 AM

Well they can make a convertible now!!

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:21 AM

Having been on the lid twice in a race car I question the driver the would trust his/her life to a bolt in cage. Also, maybe they were wearing arm restraints, but I don't see a window net in any of those photos, and that's just tempting fate as well.


Pardon my naiviety, but what does the window net accomplish?
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:32 AM


Having been on the lid twice in a race car I question the driver the would trust his/her life to a bolt in cage. Also, maybe they were wearing arm restraints, but I don't see a window net in any of those photos, and that's just tempting fate as well.


Pardon my naiviety, but what does the window net accomplish?

Keeps limbs inside the vehicle, so they arent crushed in a rollover. Actually had a friend died that way, car rolled, arm came out the window, it slid tore off his arm, and he died from loss of blood

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 12:06 PM



Having been on the lid twice in a race car I question the driver the would trust his/her life to a bolt in cage. Also, maybe they were wearing arm restraints, but I don't see a window net in any of those photos, and that's just tempting fate as well.


Pardon my naiviety, but what does the window net accomplish?

Keeps limbs inside the vehicle, so they arent crushed in a rollover. Actually had a friend died that way, car rolled, arm came out the window, it slid tore off his arm, and he died from loss of blood


That's the primary reason and here's something else to consider...it keeps stuff out of the vehicles cockpit as well. I once saw a car lose a front caliper which bounced out across the track and right up into another guys side window. It would have done some serious damage had there not been a window net there to absorb some of the energy.




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