Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gullwing Dilemma...

Imagine designing a Mercedes-Benz Gullwing doors in 1954. The one good part, they didn't need to deal with safety regulations. However what happened if the car rolled over? I'm sure some found out the hard way. One of the big biggest dilemmas for the SLS,  the Mercedes had to be  produced meeting the newer rollover standards.  How's this for a question, what do you do to escape an overturned car if the doors are hinged at the roof? The answer... exploding bolts. If you roll an SLS, pyrotechnic bolts will blow the doors off of the hinges. Now you know...

Image at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show.
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