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New Car Assessment and Standards Enforcement Indicant Testing: FMVSS Nos. 212, 219 and 301-75: Volkswagen 1979 VW Rabbit 2-Door Hatchback

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Vehicle:  Volkswagen Rabbit

New Car Assessment and Standards Enforcement Indicant Testing: FMVSS Nos. 212, 219 and 301-75: Volkswagen 1979 VW Rabbit 2-Door Hatchback

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New Car Assessment and Standards Enforcement Indicant Testing: FMVSS Nos. 212, 219 and 301-75: Volkswagen 1979 VW Rabbit 2-Door Hatchback - 3.9MB - 112 pages

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Test Information
Vehicle 1: 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit
Instrumentation Data
Video
Testing of a 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-Door Hatchback by Calspan in a report released July 10, 1979.

Test Information

Test No.:7
Contract or Study Title:NEW CAR ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
Test Performer:CALSPAN
Test Reference No.:308T5441
Test Type:FMVSS COMPLIANCE TEST - UNSPECIFIED
Test Configuration:VEHICLE INTO BARRIER
Closing Speed (kph):56
Impact Angle (degrees):0
Offset Distance (mm): 
Version No.:1
Test Objectives:TESTING FOR FMVSS NOS.212,219,301-75 AND FOR R&D AND ORA
Test Date:7/10/1979
Contract No.:DOT-HS-8-01938
Test Track Surface:CONCRETE
Test Track Condition:DRY
Ambient Temperature (degrees Celsius):26
Type of Recorder:FM TAPE RECORDER
Total No. of Curves:36
Test Commentary:NO COMMENTS


Vehicle 1: 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit

Vehicle No.:1
Vehicle Make:VOLKSWAGEN
Vehicle Model:RABBIT
Model Year:1979
Engine Type:4 CYLINDER TRANSVERSE FRONT
Engine Displacement (liters):1.50
Vehicle Test Weight (Kgrams):1179
Vehicle Length (mm):3945
Vehicle Width (mm):1610
NHTSA Number: 
Body Type:THREE DOOR HATCHBACK
Vehicle Identification No.:1793857442
Transmission Type:MANUAL - FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Vehicle Center of Gravity Distance Behind Front Axle (mm):1044
Steering Column Shear Capsule Separation:NOT APPLICABLE
Steering Column Collapse Mechanism:OTHER
Vehicle Modification Indicator:PRODUCTION VEHICLE
Description of Vehicle Modification:212-P,219-P,301-P CRDIST 9.6
Vehicle Speed (kph):56
Crabbed Angle (degrees):0
Principal Direction of Force (degrees):0
Bumper Engagement:NOT APPLICABLE
Sill Engagement:NOT APPLICABLE
A-Pillar Engagement:NOT APPLICABLE
Vehicle Damage Index (Collision Deformation Classification):12FDEW3
Angle of Moving Test Cart (degrees):0
Vehicle Orientation of Moving Cart (degrees):0
Total Length of Indentation: 
Distance between Center of Damaged area and C.G. Axis (mm): 
Maximum Crush Distance:577
Vehicle Commentary:NO COMMENTS
Damage Profile Distances One:551
Damage Profile Distances Two:559
Damage Profile Distances Three:0
Damage Profile Distances Four:0
Damage Profile Distances Five:0
Damage Profile Distances Six:0
Pre-test - Total Length of Vehicle at Centerline:3917
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Front of Engine:3472
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Firewall:2906
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Upper Leading Edge of Right Door:2604
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Upper Leading Edge of Left Door:2601
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Lower Leading Edge of Right Door:2606
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Lower Leading Edge of Left Door:2604
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Upper Trailing Edge of Right Door:1491
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Upper Trailing Edge of Left Door:1488
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Lower Trailing Edge of Right Door:1486
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Lower Trailing Edge of Left Door:1483
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Bottom of A Post of Right Side:2583
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Bottom of A Post of Left Side:2578
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Firewall Right Side:2883
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Firewall Left Side:2906
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Steering Column:2367
Pre-test - Center of Steering Column to A Post:356
Pre-test - Center of Steering Column to Headliner:513
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Right Side of Front Bumper:3894
Pre-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Left Side of Front Bumper:3891
Pre-test - Length of Engine Block:559
Post-test - Total Length of Vehicle at Centerline:3340
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Front of Engine:3232
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Firewall:2750
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Upper Leading Edge of Right Door:2604
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Upper Leading Edge of Left Door:2597
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Lower Leading Edge of Right Door:2591
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Lower Leading Edge of Left Door:2591
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Upper Trailing Edge of Right Door:1491
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Upper Trailing Edge of Left Door:1488
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Lower Trailing Edge of Right Door:1473
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Lower Trailing Edge of Left Door:1473
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Bottom of A Post of Right Side:2572
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Bottom of A Post of Left Side:2565
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Firewall Right Side:2731
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Firewall Left Side:2661
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Steering Column:2369
Post-test - Center of Steering Column to A Post:356
Post-test - Center of Steering Column to Headliner:438
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Right Side of Front Bumper:3332
Post-test - Rear Surface of Vehicle to Left Side of Front Bumper:3340
Post-test - Length of Engine Block:521


Instrumentation Data

Download NCAP Test 00007 Instrumentation Data in Altair Binary Format - 580KB
Download NCAP Test 00007 Instrumentation Data in NHTSA EV5 ASCII X-Y format - 476KB
Download NCAP Test 00007 Instrumentation Data in NHTSA ISO_MME format - 158KB
Download NCAP Test 00007 Instrumentation Data in NHTSA UDS-1992 format - 121KB


Video

New Car Assessment 35 MPH, Barrier Front Impact Test
1979 VW Rabbit
Duration: 9:43
Download video of NHTSA NCAP New Car Assessment and Standards Enforcement Indicant Testing: FMVSS Nos. 212, 219 and 301-75: Volkswagen 1979 VW Rabbit 2-Door Hatchback - 408MB


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