We're not exactly experts on the inner-workings of the automotive industry, but we imagine there are two main reasons why car manufacturers perform crash tests: To ensure that the vehicles they're putting on the road are safe, and because it's beyond fun to watch what happens when something as big and fast as a car meets an immovable force. You know, like a wall.
The folks from heise online seem like our kind of people, in that they also like watching crash tests, but these ambitious dreamers felt inclined to conduct one of their own. Going out and buying a car only to destroy it immediately is some Wolf of Wall Street-type of stuff that isn't in most people's budgets, so they scaled their ambitions down slightly: They assembled a LEGO model of a Porsche 911 and ran it into a wall. The resulting slow-motion video is pure poetry (via Gizmodo).
Shortly after they sent the 2,700-piece, 1:8 scale model hurtling into a wall at over 28 miles per hour, the video, shot at 1,000 frames per second, becomes a piece of modern art. Set to Johann Strauss II's "The Blue Danube Waltz" (you know exactly the tune we're talking about), we see literally thousands of LEGO pieces flying in every which direction. While they're great for construction, they're not necessarily geared to dealing with blows as significant as a literal car crash.
It's like watching the ballet, except perhaps more beautiful (at least to gearheads), so check it out above and let us know what else you'd like to see thrown against a wall in slow motion.
Featured image: heise online/YouTube
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