The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested a three-decker motorcoach and has recorder all the data in what might be the future of road safety.
According to the NHTSA, the vehicle chosen was a 2000 MCI 102EL3 Renaissance with a Detroit Diesel Series 60 diesel engine and B500 Allison Automatic transmission. The coach was 45 ft (1.372 cm) long, 12 ft 6 inches (318 cm) tall, with 54 seats and the weight as tested, including dummies and equipment was 42.720 lbs (19.378 kg). The agency says, on its official website, that the crash test speed was 30 mph (48.3 km/h) into a fixed rigid barrier at zero degrees, full overlap condition.
“Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is one of the leading manufacturers of motorcoaches in use in the North American market. According to Polk, ABA estimates, in 2007, MCI, Prevost, ABC/Van Hool and Setra had market shares of 56%, 23%, 29% and 2% of the industry-wide fleet of 49.493 units, respectively. […] The MCI E-Series Renaissance bus was introduced in 1996 and is still sold as the top-of-the-line tour bus model MCI”, as the agency explains on its official website.
You can watch the videos with the 2000 MCI 102EL3 Renaissance crash tests below and you can find out more about it from the official website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by clicking this link. Enjoy!