Engineer Recreates Car Crash Test Through Lego Bricks
It's been a long time since Lego succeeded in striking adults' fancy, even though the company only started with Ole Kirk Christiansen's wooden toys in his workshop. Today, what you can do with those little bricks is up to your imagination, both for children and grown-ups.
So this crash test engineer Becky Mueller from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety wanted to practice her profession through the famous bricks and came up with a tiny cute stop motion video that covers the whole crash test process.
It's just not the crashing scene though. Mueller had worked deliberately to make it seem close to real. As IIHS indicates on Twitter, it might be fair to say that the video is a product of the pandemic.
From the dummy calibrations to post-crash cleanup, this Lego crash test is remarkably similar to the real thing. IIHS's Becky Mueller, with plenty of spare time thanks to the pandemic, recently returned to a childhood hobby of crash testing Legos. Check it out! pic.twitter.com/YWDErt0M3W— IIHS (@IIHS_autosafety) September 30, 2020
The video is a short one, unlike its time of making. It took two months to shoot the video with 1,000 pieces and 1,500 photographs, per Autoblog.
It features the dummy lab and the testing personnel at the very beginning following the car's preparation for the crash. All the other staff in charge climbs up to the high balcony to watch it over.
The video has no sound. Perhaps adding some sound effects would make a better impression but in the end, it's legos, not real cars with outraging motors.
If you have ever witnessed a car crash test than you know the difference. Even the most reliable cars can get written-off unless they prove otherwise. But the lego version is indeed a cute one with no harsh scene.
There are other, and even shorter examples, which Mueller worked on and published in her own blog. If you are the future crash-test engineer, you'll love those ones to get some inspiration.