Many tankers have probably seen compilations of moose test failures. Revered by automakers around the world, the moose test examines a vehicle’s ability to bypass a suddenly appearing object. While BMW’s racing pedigree might suggest a good result, take a look at this.
In its latest video, Km77 put the Bimmer to the test with a starting entry speed of 48 mph (78 km / h). While some of the cones were flattened, the change in direction of the car seemed easy to control. Although understeer is seen as a big drawback in the racing world, it is much safer and easier to manage than oversteer.
The BMW four-door had to slow down to 68 km / h to pass the cones unscathed. The apparent limiting factor was the Bridgestone Turanza T005 rubber assembly that the standard vehicle is equipped with. Km77 claims these tires have never given them good results regardless of the vehicle, stating that the high cornering forces produced by the moose test overload them far too easily.
Some of the higher speed tests almost passed but still resulted in several cones missing. Since many vehicles are not intended to be successful in this type of maneuver, it is important to note that this puts them in the worst case scenario. Let’s face it, many automobiles have gotten much heavier over the years – and therefore less agile.
That said, all is not lost for the German automaker as many of its vehicles performed well in the moose test. There are many factors that lead to success or failure, but electronic stability control is one of the winners. While not as revolutionary as ABS, ESP produced results day and night in those high load situations.