Volkswagen Torture Testing Its Vehicles: Video

May 4, 2011

Before the proliferation of electronic sensors and computer technology in the world of cars, engineers actually used to go out and beat the hell out of the cars they were testing--quite literally.

BMX-style jumping ramps, old-fashioned door slamming and even a sledgehammer or two to a roof panel were all tricks of the trade as we’ll see in this latest video of durability testing by Volkswagen engineers.

The lineup of vehicles includes everything from a Transporter van, pictured above, to a MkIV Golf and even the outgoing New Beetle.

What’s interesting to see--or perhaps shocking--is that most of the test drivers don’t appear to have any safety gear whatsoever, despite their vehicles leaping into the air several feet or running off highways at high speed.

Go ahead and click play now.

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