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Discussion in 'Official Content' started by gabester, Nov 1, 2012.
What part(s) do you think is/are too strong?
The Body is too strong, its actually one of the strongest vehicles in impact, the metal should be weaker, like D series for example. Also T series will be interesting with Fiberglass hood, like the real trucks
It would, but I don't think Beam is optimezed to do that and still get a decent framerate yet.
Are you refering to the fiberglass hood? There's a few vehicles that have fiberglass & carbon fiber hood options now, and the tanker trailer has similar deformation.
And I'm not sure the H-Series is "too" strong. When I was a child one of my parent's employees had a serious crash in one of our late 90's Econolines, rolled a fair number of times. The truck held up about as well as the H-Series.
simulate fiberglass breakage
Cargo van bodies are usually pretty stout (depending on the direction of impact) owing to the sheer amount of uninterrupted sheet metal and internal reinforcement
Hit it on a corner or edge though, and a lot of that structural integrity disappears:
The reason the H-series holds up so well in most car-to-car collisions has less to do with the body and more to do with the frame. A colliding vehicle strikes the van and crumples the body until it hits the frame, which stands up the impact and allows the van to be pushed away, which takes up the remaining energy.
Take a look at these pictures. In the first one, I struck the rear corner of the H-series with the Roamer on level ground, and in the last two, I used a low ramp to raise the impact up above the frame:
This is why the team has been putting so much effort into making frames separable from bodies during the remasters - if the two were firmly attached, some of the frame's stiffness would prevent the body from deforming properly.
As for the T-series, I can't confirm this, but it seems that at some point over the International Eagle 9300's multi-decade production run, hoods were changed over from steel to fiberglass, meaning that there were some of both available.