Grand Cherokee Passes Another "Moose Test"
July 30th, 2012 11:05 AM Share
When last we saw the Jeep Grand Cherokee, it was blowing tires and going bumper-up like Seka. Redemption is on the horizon, however…
Auto motor und sport claims that they have duplicated the conditions of the so-called “moose test”, and this time the Grand Cherokee passed with flying colors. There doesn’t appear to be any video evidence to this effect, and perhaps it’s all a big publicity stunt, but there you go. Do you trust the Swedes, the Germans, the Italians, or your own lying eyes?
Published July 30th, 2012 11:05 AM
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I am a little late to the party but a few observations: 1. I read in connection with the A-class moose test that the Swedish use real rough asphalt on their test track and that due to that, Mercedes engineers at first weren't able to reproduce the test (i.e. they didn't manage to knock the car over). 2. People use high beams too little on dark country roads. If you're driving more than 40 mph on an empty dark road at night, you have to have the high beams on, as otherwise, you won't be able to stop in the distance you can see. 3. In such manouvers, speed matters. A lot. I have had training for similar evasive manouvers. Going in at 50, you easily manage to stop before the obstacle. At 60, you get around comfortably. At 70, you end up in an uncontrolled spin.
Is the 'Moose Test' really reasonable? It seems to be the second maneuver that causes problems, making a high-G turn while the car is still rebounding from the first high-G turn. Does the 'Moose Test' allow a reasonable distance for recovery from the first maneuver before initiating the second maneuver?