BMW i3 REx CESVIMAP Crash Test – Videos


Description for BMW i3 REx crash-test video above:

“The test reproduces the rear effect of an impact on the rear of a vehicle at moderate speed. For this, a mobile barrier hits the vehicle under study, at a speed between 15 and 16 km / h in 40% of his right rear, with the vehicle rotated 10 ° counterclockwise about its longitudinal axis.”

Description for BMW i3 REx crash-test video above:

“The front crash test simulates the impact occurred in a vehicle at moderate speed on the front. To do this, is impacted at a velocity between 15 and 16 km / h in 40% of the left front, against a deformable concrete block 35 tons and rotated counterclockwise 10 ° to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle.”

You’re probably wondering who CESVIMAP is, right?  Honestly, we were too, so we looked them up:

In CESVIMAP, the Mapfre Centre for Road Traffic Safety and Research, our task is to conduct research into the automobile, with our greatest efforts targeting repair methodology for the damage occurring as a result of an accident. Subsequently, we pass on the conclusions obtained from this research, through numerous publications and training activities.

CESVIMAP’s scope of activity covers the study of passenger cars, industrial vehicles and motorcycles. The Centre’s activities are aimed at those working in repair shops, insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, appraisers, teachers and lecturers, and students on vocational training courses, among others.

So, CESVIMAP studies crashes to focus on required repair methods and passes info it obtains onto insurance companies, repair facilities and others on the repair side of the automotive business.

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5 Comments on "BMW i3 REx CESVIMAP Crash Test – Videos"

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I’d call this bump test 🙂

I would like to see the pictures of the damage after the hit.

16 km/h = 10 m/h
This test doesn’t say much.


The crash test dummy clearly likes the crash test results. He’s trying to high-five his passenger, before realizing he’s alone in the car. Silly dummy!

Does anyone have pictures/film of a serious i3 collision? I’d like to see how the CRFP performs above the 30 MPH tests — where real damage/death can occur, even with properly-functioning airbags.