Meet the World’s Newest 5-star Safety Rated Car [VIDEO]
… and it happens to be all-aluminum.
The all-electric, all-aluminum Tesla Model S was already named car of the year. It already set a jaw dropping performance record. But now the vehicle can do some serious bragging by boasting about an even more impressive award: top safety rated, perhaps the highest ever.
According to Tesla, “Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board. NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) provided to manufacturers, where the Model S achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars…For the side pole intrusion test, considered one of the most difficult to pass, the Model S was the only car in the "good" category among the other top one percent of vehicles tested…Tesla achieved this outcome by nesting multiple deep aluminum extrusions in the side rail of the car that absorb the impact energy (a similar approach was used by the Apollo Lunar Lander) and transfer load to the rest of the vehicle.”