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Unofficial BMW E24 website

Unofficial BMW E24 website



Theory
Model Evolution

1976

Life Saving System



1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

The built-in programmed deformation system, called “BMW Life Saving System“, is designed to absorb the energy during a crash.





1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System
1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System




The steel passenger safety cell has specially constructed roof pillars, integrated roll-bars, cross-struts in the instrument panel and behind the rear seat and strong longitudal struts.

The hood will fold on impact, leaving the windshield intact.

Rigid Drive shaft tunnel and instrument panel prevent the engine and the gearbox from penetrating the interior.

A collapsable telescope steering wheel column is placed outside crush zone.

Crush testing

A theoretical design is nothing worth unless proven under real circumstances. BMW put a lot of time and effort crush testing the 6 series coupe.





1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

Roll test under snowy conditions.

1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

This swing will test the strength of the bumpers.


1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

Testing how much load the roof will take before it break.

1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

A hydraulic press testing the strength of the doors.


1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

Testing the seatbelt anchorage points.


1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System
1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

Pendulum swing testing the instrument panel.


1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

1976 BMW E24. Life Saving System

Test for the front seat head restraints.