SOTW – August 16

This week’s Saab O The Week shot landed in my inbox this morning. It’s from Mats in Sweden and the photo was taken just in the last few days. It’s a great illustration of why Saab devised the Moose Test.

Have a look at the size of that mother!

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This sort of sight might make a few you say “So what? It’s just a moose.” but to an Aussie that doesn’t get to see them it’s more like “WOW!”

Great photo.

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  1. Wow! I knew that one of the reasons for the ‘Moose Test’ in Sweden was due to the very long legs on those moose. If you hit one, the nose of the car doesn’t take the impact, the windshield and roof do. Part of the force is also downward since the moose is falling onto the car as well. This is a unique crash scenario and it is a very real threat in northern climes.

  2. “So what ?” ?!?!? A moose can weigh up to 2000kgs, one wouldn’t want to “run into” one of these guys at any speed.

    Remember the Merc A-class moose incident a few years back ?

  3. Ken,

    The “so what” reference was about the fact that you northerners (esp Swedes) are much more likely to have seen one of the beasts in the flesh. We Aussies have to be content with kangaroos and koalas.

    I wonder if Holden have a “roo test”?

  4. The Mercedes A class Moose test?

    Don’t you mean the Elk test- when the A class toppled over during a swerving high speed lane change handling test for a Swedish car mag?

    I don’t think Merc threw a Moose at an A class. Could be interesting though- with that sloped front and huge windscreen apeture.

    Anyway, whatver you do, do not repeat do not try the Moose test in a Kia a Honda or anything flimsy,or you will be a mousse!

    (I can tell you that Subarus resist cows very weel so they should shrug off a moose though)

    Some moosteak surely Swade…

  5. Lance, the cows structure isn’t as a moose. The moose has much longer legs so when you hit a moose you clip there legs and the moose comes falling down. If the speed is normal it will fall down on/in you windshield and the front part of the roof.
    A cow crash often results that the hood hits more of the cows body so the animal will not come crashing into the A-pillars from above but sliding up over the hood in a much less speed.

  6. Vector 220 – you are right, but with a very low fronted car like a certain Subaru and most Honda models, the cow gets scooped and lifted up- straight onto the A posts. Whereas a slab fronted older style, or a high nosed car will hit the cow and crumple at the front. The moose would fly as you say.

    So yes, your are right, the Moose is more difficult to engineer for.

    Note how Saab avoid the very low front and huge windscreeen apeture now so fashionable – there is a reason- the lower the bulkead and the larger the windscreen aperture, the lesser the torsional rigidiity and the lower the intrusion resistance.

    Around 1981 (I think)one of Saab’s top men was killed in an early Saab 900 when a Moose hit the car at the critical roof windscreen area.

    Saab added to the A post mounts on the 900 as a direct result of this accident. Compare the A posts mountings on an early 900 and a later 900 and you will see extra fillets and plates on the inner wing bulkhead join.

    It’s noted in that book about the 99 and 900 that some Brit bloke wrote.

  7. I’m glad we only get deer here in the US. I know deer can completely total cars…I just don’t want to imagine what a moose can do.

    Awesome pic by the way.

  8. Hello

    I would like to know if I can use the moose and Saab photograph taken by Mats Karlsson in a presentation for work. I am not allowed to do so without permission.



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