Why Rally1 cars crash differently to WRC cars – DirtFish

Why Rally1 cars crash differently to WRC cars – DirtFish

“So that’s a crushable zone, it will be mild-steel type rollcages that give and absorb the impacts when they go off downhill. But the result is also that the bodywork on the car is literally just a material like carbon fiber, just panels clipped, bolted, riveted, whatever, onto the car. I know the car looked terrible but basically the passenger shell had a great deal of integrity.”

The end result is cars that outwardly look like they’ve not coped well with being crashed, even when they have. But, while certain types of impact protection may be much improved, Donaldson believes there are still a select few weak points in the new cars.

“My feeling is, when the old steel cars crash, you’ve still got a steel roof and a steel floor underneath you,” Donaldson added.