What happens when you pass a speed bump? The guys from Warped Perception show us in an interesting video. Are you going to miss it?
Do you remember the panelless body of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class of the W211 generation? This body was the protagonist of a similar video last year when it was tested on some of Chicago’s biggest potholes to see if a large enough jolt could deploy the car’s airbags, airbags.
Now, Warped Perception has put it to the test in a bunch of different speed bumps to see what happens if you don’t slow down.
Of course, there are several types of speed reducers, with different shapes and materials. Those concrete sides will likely generate some elevation as you drive over them at high speed, but they probably won’t damage your suspension system.
Then there are the smallest but hardest you can find in a supermarket parking lot and certain residential areas or school districts, which, depending on the height, could cause some damage to your car. However, the results of this test are still inconclusive.
What happens if you pass a speed bump?
At the end of the video, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class performs a high-speed race that includes braking when it passes over the speed bump, and apart from the fact that the tire has touched the auxiliary frame of the car, nothing else happened.
The reviewer admitted to being surprised by these results, adding that he is much less likely to damage his car by hitting a speed bump, rather than hitting a pothole, especially since a deep pothole could also damage the tires while restricting movement and causing more stress on the suspension
On the first attempt, Warped Perception’s concern was to test driving over large potholes. The author of the video took the Mercedes-Benz E-Class to one of the toughest streets in Chicago, where asphalt is not what you would call “car-friendly.”
These tests run several times, as the driver realized that driving at high speeds could make the impact less hard as long as the bump is not too large.
In the third attempt, which carried out at a speed of 62 km / h, is when the curtain airbags deployed. It happened just when the upper kneecap of the left front wheel recovered to the chassis.
According to the driver/host, the deployment of the curtain airbag occurred with the impact sensors still intact. He was also surprised by the fact that it was the passenger-side airbags that shot up, and not the driver’s side. Are these more sensitive than those on the driver’s side? We will have to wait to see the video with the tests.