Ford Keeps Slamming the Doors
Chances are, unless you happen to be an engineer working on a door program, you probably don’t think a whole lot about the function of vehicle doors—assuming, of course, that the door does what it is supposed to.
Shown here is a test rig in the Ford of Europe development center in Merkenich, Germany, that is used to slam the doors on the forthcoming Transit Custom commercial vehicle. Repeatedly slam the doors.
That is, the front doors were slammed 250,000 times. The sliding door 150,000 times. And the rear cargo door 150,000 times. What’s more, the slamming was done in an environmental chamber that allowed the temperature to be adjusted from -40 degrees C to 82 degrees C (179.6 degrees F) and the humidity level up to 85%.
Engineers recorded and analyzed door slams as performed by people in order to create a base line for the automated testing as regards slamming speed and force.
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Honda is an engine company.
I'm not talking about a plastic Revell model of a '57 Chevy, but a real vehicle, one that rolls off an assembly line in 1999 with another 99,999 just like it right behind. Is it possible, or is this just a fantasy of the marketing department at Elmer's?