Calspan awarded NHTSA NCAP contract for frontal crash testing


Calspan has been awarded a contract to provide frontal crash test services for the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

In January 2018 Calspan opened a new, US$25m crash test facility in Buffalo, New York, as part of its ongoing investment in its crash test capabilities.

“We are thrilled to continue performing crash tests for NHTSA on this program. We can accommodate multiple test runs daily, and have the ability to calibrate dummies in our ATD lab,” said Greg Campbell, VP of transportation at Calspan.

Calspan’s 58,000ft² laboratory has two crash halls, test vehicle preparation bays, an ATD lab, and an integrated shipping and receiving dock.

“When it comes to developing a new vehicle, and more specifically the validation of simulation models, Calspan is an OEM’s ideal choice. This OEM caliber lab has many unique features which are only found at OEM facilities like Messring’s proposition system, MicroTrak, and photo pits,” noted Campbell.


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