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- ADAC Crash Test -

Crash test facility & Crash tests

Today, we just expect new vehicles to be very safe in crashes. This is owed to a large extent to ADAC’s long-term crash testing campaign. On a regular basis, our engineers test vehicles newly launched on the market. The ADAC crash test facility is one of only a handful of test centres accredited by EuroNCAP for its pan-European assessment programme. But the automotive manufacturers and suppliers stand to benefit directly from the testing know-how developed at the ADAC Technik Zentrum.

Our test know-how for your success

The state-of-the-art crash facility at ADAC Technik Zentrum is the place where ADAC designs and implements professional vehicle and component tests for the automobile industry.

  • Under the lead of ADAC
    The ADAC crash test is a further development of the type approval and consumer protection crash test first developed in the US in the 1980ies. Headed by ADAC, a number of automobile clubs have implemented these tests in Europe as early as 1987.
  • Our own Euro NCAP-approved crash facility
    In the 1990ies, a European consortium was formed to develop the Euro NCAP pan-European crash test standard (New Car Assessment Programme). Today, ADAC is an active member of this consortium. Since 1999, ADAC Technik Zentrum has used its own crash facility, which is one of a few Euro NCAP-approved facilities in Europe and covers a variety of different tests ranging from vehicle crash tests to pedestrian protection tests and component tests.
  • A multitude of tests
    More than 300 vehicles have been “crashed against the wall” since the inauguration of ADAC Technik Zentrum. We simulate all scenarios a car and passengers might have to face in real life: side and frontal crash, collision between two vehicles, vehicle side crashing against a pole to the point of rollover. Completely wired dummies deliver important findings about occupant protection. Pedestrian protection is another key issue of the ADAC test programme, since both the passengers of a vehicle and vulnerable road users deserve optimum protection.

    In addition to crash-testing new car models, we focus on the investigation into accidents of different types of vehicles as, for instance, SUV and passenger car, which we simulate in our crash facility. Other crash tests cover the rollover behaviour of convertibles and the specific accident risks of gas-powered vehicles, mobile homes and rescue vehicles.

  • New methods
    ADAC engineers are continually developing new test methods for every safety-relevant aspect. The tests’ focal points are increasingly derived from the results of ADAC accident research, which ADAC successfully launched in 2005 in cooperation with ADAC air rescue, government departments, fire brigades and hospitals.
  • For more safety
    Safety deficiencies not only alert car buyers. Automobile manufacturers are watchful as well. This is why every ADAC test helps encourage manufacturers and services providers to continually improve their products to survive on the market.
  • Test the facts. Develop improvements. ADAC suggestions for better protection
    ADAC tests deliver well-founded data material providing impressive proof of safety improvements promoted by ADAC.

    A prominent example is the rear-end collision between passenger car and HGV. In a series of tests, ADAC was able to demonstrate that the underrun protection system as provided in the EU Directive implemented in 2007 cannot adequately protect the occupants.

    In a first crash test, the underrun protection system in line with the new EU Directive was used. The results were not convincing: The passenger car underruns the HGV to a considerable extent. In addition, the rear panel of the HGV pushes the airbags of the car down so that they cannot offer any protection for the passengers. The cabin is completely destroyed up to the rear door. Conclusion: The driver and front passenger are at high risk facing life-threatening injuries. Results of the second crash test with the system optimised by ADAC were clearly better: the underrun protection was reinforced with an additional diagonal support to the HGV chassis and ground clearance was reduced. The impact was absorbed by the underrun protection. Crumble zone and airbag effectively protect the vehicle occupants. While there is still a risk of injuries, life-threatening situations are unlikely to occur!

    ADAC’s demands to industry and the EU for improvement of the underrun protection are based on the results of the second test and aim at optimising the protection of vehicle passengers. ADAC has put forward solutions and will promote their implementation.

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Crashtest demonstrieren auch, welchen Herstellern Sicherheit sehr wichtig ist. Sie zeigen aber auch, was man selbst falsch machen kann. Falsche Sitzposition, schlecht oder gar nicht angeschnallt, Kindersitz verkehrt eingebaut - die Möglichkeiten sind zahlreich.

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Schadstoffe in Kinderspielzeug, Plastikprodukten und etwa auch Kindersitzen? Das wollten wir genau wissen und unterziehen die Sitze auch einer Schadstoffprüfung!

(The contents of - ADAC Homepage - are only available in German!)


- ADAC Homepage -


Im ADAC Test: Alle wichtigen Automodelle auf dem deutschen Markt. Stärken und Schwächen zeigen sich nach Durchlaufen von über 300 Prüfkriterien.

(The contents of - ADAC Homepage - are only available in German!)