Ground Vehicle Crash Testing


Calspan's Crash laboratory is ideal for new vehicle development. As it is the most secure, fully enclosed, independent test laboratory in North America, cars can be tested outside of prying eyes. This facility is equipped with MESSRING equipment that enables vehicle crash tests to be executed with precision and accuracy, consistently yielding industry best quality. This includes full frontal, offset frontal, side pole and IIHS small overlap high resolution load cell walls.

This laboratory and its highly skilled and experienced personnel frequently execute vehicle crash tests to customers’ internal test methodologies, technical requirements and to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), to New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) procedures and to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) protocols.

Tests on vehicles with various powertrains:

  • Gasoline
  • Diesel
  • Battery
  • Compressed Natural Gas
  • 4 Wheel
  • 3 Wheel
  • 2 Wheel

Tests on vehicles comprised of various structures:

  • High Strength Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Plastics
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Composites

At Calspan, we take pride in working with our customers in a collaborative and flexible manner.  Including investing time upfront to better understand requirements and objectives to provide proactive recommendations so that objectives are met.  We understand the vehicle development process and understand that plans may change due to the results of the latest simulation, part availability, and the results of the latest crash test.

Vehicle Development Process:

  • Requirements Definition & Simulation
  • Prototype Development & Design Validation
  • Pre-Production Validation
  • Manufacturing Verification
  • Design Revisions and New Suppliers