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Gordon Smiley at Indianapolis, 1982

What a race car and a wall does to flesh and bones at +320 kmh.

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by chairman_of_the_bored

submitted May 29th 2007

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Are we going too fast? Hell Naw! Where are my damn pod racers!
11 years ago
320kph=198mph. Yeah, I'm pretty sure he didn't feel the hit.
11 years ago
Meh the vid of the other racing death was better he did the helicopter
11 years ago
He won't be all "smiley" after that! Heyooooooooo!
11 years ago
It's 198.85 mph actually.
Sorry, just feel like being a smart ass tonight.
11 years ago
that guy talked too much... like, you don't have to rationalize why he died on impact, no one expected him to live
11 years ago
Jackie Stewart was cracking the shits because for years he was already saying that cars were becoming too dangerous because they were sacrificing far too much stability for speed and safety measures weren't even an afterthought.
11 years ago
That's the only reason I consider NASCAR to be a sport. They run the risk of dying every time they get out there. Now, if they'd only take out a few rednecks when it happens...
11 years ago
Yeah fuck safty netting we need more Le Mans 1955.
11 years ago
With magnesium bodywork.
11 years ago
Yes, we need to make these crashes just as bright as they can be!
11 years ago
Hmmmm... I'm no huge race fan, but I do recall when Dale Earnhardt died, he kinda "brushed" up against the wall and it pretty much fucked him up. So is it speed or the angle of impact?
11 years ago
James, the force of an impact is directly proportionate to the speed AND angle of the impact. The true question is "What was the rate of deceleration?"
Even the simplest of logic would dictate that a human cannot go from 200mph to 0mph in 0:00:02 seconds.
As far as Earnhardt (sp) I believe he would have lived had he been wearing his neck brace during the race.
11 years ago
It's called 'your time is up'. People die hitting post at 20 and walk away at 200.
11 years ago
You are a fucking moron!!!
NO ONE walks away form instant deceleration from 200mph to zero mph.
The hit sustained would be much greater than jumping out of a plane.
Go back to $10 tranny blow jobs on Santa Monica Blvd. you fucking dipshit.
11 years ago
Super, I challenge your logic. It is indeed possible for a human being to go from 200 to 0 in .02 seconds. Very possible.
11 years ago
Surviving 200 mph to 0 mph in .02 seconds... That's different. Incidentally, this guy hit over 1600 G's of acceleration.
11 years ago
Smerf, challenge accepted.
In the real world, such as racing and not a controlled environment, the result of such a jolt or "acceleration" as you said, would completely compromise the structural integrity of the human body. I don't know the formula you used to come up with 1600G's, but that sounds about right. I'm trying to imagine a circumstance , outside of water or space travel, in which the human body could achieve such a feat.
Remember, we are talking about instant deceleration, or instant acceleration as you put it.
11 years ago
Shit, smerf, I missed your stipulation of "surviving" the incident.
11 years ago
I checked with Spock and he is going to have to agree with Supernova on this one.
11 years ago
I think the angle of the dangle is relative to the heat of the meat.....
11 years ago
Supanova, what speed can a human go from to 0 in 2.0 seconds? I bet it ain't much, and bet it wouldn't exactly make for an exciting race. My whole real point was that to slow down cars to the point of being 'safe' would be pointless and make for one boring fucking sport.
If your concerned about dying, fuck off and take up snooker or something.
11 years ago
well, what about Richard Hammond? he crashed at 280 mph. Mind you he didn't crash into a concrete wall but apparently when he crashed his car dug into the ground at nearly 220 mph with a force of 6G which is defiantly enough to break bones and necks etc. and after that point he lost that 220 mph in about 5 seconds by digging into the ground. He did have a full roll cage and safety gear however, he was knocked unconscious and had some swelling on the brain after the accident but was completely fine about 2 months after the accident. Shows what kind of things the human body can survive with a little help
11 years ago
Here's the thing, it doesn't matter how fast you're going, it matters how fast you stop.
11 years ago
Listen Blah, I love racing. I like the danger involved as well.
What you wrote was "your time is up. People die hitting post at 20mph and walk away at 200mph." I needed to point out the obvious flaw in your (lack of) logic.
As for your Question, I would imagine a human could decelerate to 0mph/kph from a pretty substantial rate of speed in 2.0 sec. However, the rate of deceleration a human can withstand decreases rapidly in relation to the decrease in the time it takes to stop.
Smerf seems to have a formula to calculate Gforce, He could give you actual numbers.
....and just for the record 2.0 secs is 100x longer than .02secs.
11 years ago
Yeah, except I don't know the maximum number of G forces the human brain/neck can withstand.
11 years ago
And actually, I was wrong on my 1600 G's of acceleration. For some reason, I forgot to convert 320 kph to m/s. Still, 453.5 G's is more than enough to kill someone. I think lethal is around 100, but I'm not sure.
11 years ago
I don't think that this is purely a case of deceleration at work here. The car physically collapsed allowing him to hit the wall. Exreme deceleration is survivable in some sort of capsule, but the impact forces of hitting the wall will be fatal. It is the fact that concrete is harder than human tissue that decides the outcome.
11 years ago
MrFugs, a concrete wall will stop you instantly. Hence, instant deceleration. If the wall was made of flowers or fluffy kittens, you wouldn't stop instantly...
It's like smerf said, "it's not how fast you go, it's how fast you stop.".
11 years ago
Without getting into complex laws of physics, you can survive xG deceleration with zero or jsut soft tissue injury, but you can trip up and hit the floor at 1g and break bones. I saw some of the experiments with Chuck Yeager in the fifties & sixties where he slowed from silly speeds in less than a second, producing large amounts of g-force, but if you jumped off your roof you would hit the floor and probably die.QED.
11 years ago
OMG!!!
It turns out now you fucking bunch of primates know about math formulas, gravity, space travel and stuff??? big BS!! click back and go to the next video, you morons!
11 years ago
Ok shits his pants Krantz, Enlighten me. You damn ant in a stack.
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11 years ago
Right on there krantz, if us bunch of primates know about math 'formulas' or even formulae, and gravity etc.,where does that leave you? Calling people names just because you don't understand makes you the moron.
11 years ago
But seriously, Mr.fugs, 453.5G's. lets say his brain weight is 8lbs...
At the point his brain stopped moving it weighed 3,628lbs.
Can you say pudding?
And Krantz, add something or stfu.
11 years ago
Pudding! There did it! Thank you and goodnight. It's 2:45am here and I'm working at eight. Bye.
11 years ago
sure, how about common sense? no human body can withstand a 198mph to 0 mph deceleration in half a second, much less against a concrete wall - the rest is just a mind jerkoff to analyze the obvious.
11 years ago
No one else seemed to mind, jerkoff.
haha, see what I did there?^^
11 years ago
I think there's an element here at mucho that would REALLY like to believe that everyone posting here is as useless, ignorant, and stupid as they are.
11 years ago
I think the only adjective that fits as a unifier is "twisted."
11 years ago
I would agree Balls, there is every walk of life and intelligence here at MS......OOOOO look.....shiny shit!!
11 years ago
Fair enough, suppose I should think more about how I say stuff, and write stuff...because that was meant to be .02 (yes, I know I didn't get close.) lol
11 years ago
ok he didn't stop instantly, the car is designed to collapse up to his capsule to distribute the impact force, he also hit at an angle and was thus able to redirect his momentum rather than have it call come to a screeching halt, the g force calculation is just figuring out how fast you have to decelerate to go from 200 to zero in 2 seconds, then dividing by gravity... the greatest estimated g forces survived was 180G, the greatest g forces voluntarily experienced were a little shy of 50
11 years ago
Actually, The peak figures would be far higher than those in this thread because he hit the wall and was almost instantaneously accelerated away from it again. The fact that the car is designed to collapse progressively doesn't really figure in such a violent impact.
11 years ago
Where's the body in this one? I'm usually pretty good at finding them.
11 years ago
Only ashes left after that.
11 years ago
i think his head went thru his ash
11 years ago
i've seen some pretty fucked up crashes during races but DAMN!!! this is almost as bad as a bike crash i saw on here a few years ago. i pretty much watch all racing except NASCAR.
11 years ago
Hide behind the sofa then you wimp
11 years ago
fries, can you not read. let me rephrase it louder and in smaller words. I LIKE RACING, JUST NOT NASCAR!!!! now you should be able to make better sense of my first post.
dumbass
11 years ago
I don't think fries had issues with you liking racing. I think he had issues with this crash bothering you.
11 years ago
Yes , thank you smerf
11 years ago
You know what they say:" No pain, no gain"....
11 years ago
I'm a firm believer in "no pain, no pain"
11 years ago
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