The humble champion

2y ago


The scheme of the test.

Worse, much worse.

Messer? Nein! Merc!

You know that strange urge to find the top speed with which your car can drive a moose around and return back to its lane before hitting a lorry on a collision course? Swedes do. And their very famous magazine - Teknikens Värld - had even scratched that itch properly. What they've done, they formalised the moose test, or as they call it – algtest – and year after year through lots of cars into it. The rules are quite simple – they put a fastened person on each seat available, put some load into the boot to top up the vehicle to its documented mass and run it through the cones several times with increasing speed. Right until it spins, or hits the cones. Or worse. Much worse.
To give you a glimpse how serious is Teknikens Värld’s weight, right after this test Merc recalled a great lot of A-klasse unfortunate cars, and postponed the premiere of the Smart for a whole year.
So you’ve already guessed, that it takes a super rough, billion brake horsepower, harsh ride, straight to the bone über expensive hyper-car to top the list. Exactly! Say a 2008 Porsche 997 GT3 RS? Yes, that’s the second place. 2008 Porsche 997 Carrera 4S? That’s the third. Both with 82 km/h. Mind that the following ten places are within 82-80 km/h. And the first one is a 1999 Citroën Xantia Activa V6, with 85 km/h. Yeah, Xantia - papy voiture.

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