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    Quote Originally Posted by English Impala View Post

    .......... The inner sill is attached & tied into the floor with around three outriggers. None of these bolt to the chassis. The floor is largely flat & unsupported by the chassis or any other structure apart from the outriggers mentioned earlier.
    Its worth noting Gary that this is pretty common on seperate-chassis cars. Body mounts are omitted from the floorpan area to reduce transmitted noise & vibration.

    I still reckon they deliberately chose a weaker car for this test. If they'd used an early 70s T-Bird or Lincoln things would have been very different
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    SmileJust wondered how a UK comparison would 'stack' up

    And lo and behold the Mini is 50 this year!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...otoring-design

    I can remember having a ride in an early one, noisey, single skin doors; ie not even door cards let alone side impact protection.
    No bulky dash to speak of and very little metal in front.

    I suppose there's the rub, the old Minis ran out of steam at 55 so maybe it was built to survive that (without complicating it with
    head on/speeding calculations). That will never compare or survive a head on with a new Mini.
    "I'm not going to take this defeatist attitude and listen to all this crap any more from all these people who have nothing except doomsday to predict."
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