RENAULT'S EPURE SAFETY CAR

A description is given of the Renault Epure, an r5-size car described as having outstanding anti-injury performance. The design specification requried belted occupants to surfive a frontal, and a 30 degree oblique impact with a fixed barrier at speeds of up to 65 km/h. Survivability had to be provided in a 50 km/h lateral impact with another vehicle of equal weight, and also in a roll-over at the same speed. Rear-end protection can absorb an impact from an 1100 kg vehicle moving at 35 km/h. Finally, a pedestrian had to survive being struck by the epure at 24 km/h. The weight objective was set at 850 kg which represents an 18% increase over that of the r5 on which the design was based. Details are given of design modifications required to achieve the necessary energy-absorption characteristics. (TRRL)

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    Mechanical Engineering Publications Limited

    P.O. Box 24, Northgate Avenue
    Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 6BW,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1979-8-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 98-99
  • Serial:
    • AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEER
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    • ISSN: 0307-6490

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00310053
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM