1979-02-01

1979 Firebird - An Advanced (Part 581) Soft Bumper System 790335

Weight and performance characteristics of the 1979 Pontiac Firebird soft bumper system are compared to those for a typical new (1979) metal/hydraulic design to evaluate the effects of the new standard. This study demonstrates the changing competitive environment in the automotive bumper market due to the introduction of the Part 581 Standard. The deep soft bumper concept is also discussed including its potential for achieving weight reductions in future elastomeric bumper systems.

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