Watch the carbon-fiber-bodied Polestar 1 crash into a wall – Autoblog

We’ve all been conditioned to think Volvo and safety go hand-in-hand. That’s why the first crash test of the Polestar 1 is such an event, because Volvo is trying out an entirely different kind of body with this car. It’s made out of a carbon fiber polymer, but still has an underlying steel body structure. Volvo is branching into the unknown here, still, so it decided to make a dramatic crash-test video to go along with its first test.

We all love watching crash tests, and Volvo said this one took an entire week to prepare for. Polestar knew this test was an important step to ensure the materials used in the car provided results good enough for its rigorous standards. Carbon fiber reacts a great bit differently than steel does when it’s subjected to a crash. Instead of bending in the crumple zones, carbon

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