The agile Porsche shows why driving a sports car could end up being safer than driving a larger vehicle
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from Stephen Rivers
That’s no secret Porsche makes cars with great handling, but we don’t always associate that ability with safety. A new video showing the Boxster passing the infamous Moose test could change that view. After all, avoiding an accident altogether is far safer than the alternative.
This test is brought to us by the Teknikens Värld (“world of technology” in English) channel on YouTube. The main content revolves around the moose test, an evasive maneuver that tries to find out how safely a vehicle can avoid a sudden obstacle (e.g. a moose) on the road.
To complete the test, the vehicle is weighed down with passengers and cargo, then drives down the street, reaches the desired speed, and then has to navigate within a series of cones to an adjacent lane and back again. The Porsche Boxster In this video it looks like a walk in the park.
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This is the 25th Anniversary Edition of the Boxster and tips the scales at 3,814 pounds (1,730 kg). On the first test, the car crosses the cones at 46.6 mph (75 km/h) with virtually no drama. To add pressure and see where the Boxster struggles first, the testers try it again at 49 mph (79 km/h).
This time the front end of the Boxster does lose some grip, but only if it shifts weight in the middle of the test. The testers noticed that above this speed the understeer continues to increase and the car feels very stable. That’s more than enough to get an ‘Approved’ test grade from Teknikens Värld.
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It also shows how safe sports cars like the Boxster can be. While smaller cars don’t necessarily have the upper hand in a head-on collision with a much larger vehicle, it’s clearly preferable to avoid it altogether, as the Boxster can.
It is also worth noting that both medium-sized and larger vehicles often struggle with such tests, which indicates a deterioration in overall safety. Notable errors in previous elk tests This includes the Toyota RAV4the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the VW Passat GTE.