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'''Euro EggCAP''' is a car safety organisation that focuses on the car's ability to absorb bumps without violently shaking the cabin. Established in 1995, cars were tested on a rocky road to test their ability to absorb bumps in really bumpy conditions and to really test this, the cars contained eggs to carry along through the test. Ratings were given for any [[eggs]] cracked and broken or unscathed.
 
'''Euro EggCAP''' is a car safety organisation that focuses on the car's ability to absorb bumps without violently shaking the cabin. Established in 1995, cars were tested on a rocky road to test their ability to absorb bumps in really bumpy conditions and to really test this, the cars contained eggs to carry along through the test. Ratings were given for any [[eggs]] cracked and broken or unscathed.
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== Origins ==
 
== Origins ==
Its origins didn't much start the whole organisation but the car trial. Since 1931, cars made by French firm [[Citroen]] and many others did test runs on bumpy country roads in [[France]] to test how well the cars absorbed bumps. The cars tested had 60 [[eggs]] on 2 cartons laid on the back seat, and number of eggs broken would be recorded after the test - as an example, if 15 eggs were cracked, the car rated EggCAP 45. [[Citroen]] cars were ranked the best while other French cars such as [[Peugeot]] and Renault were not as good because in their test runs, eggs bounced off their cartons.
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Euro EggCAP was originally a set of tests performed by French firm [[Citroen]] and other automakers on their prototypes. Since 1931, they did test runs on bumpy country roads in [[France]] to test how well the cars absorbed bumps. Each car tested had 60 [[eggs]] on 2 cartons laid on the back seat, and number of eggs broken would be recorded after the test. The score indicated the number of eggs left intact after the completion of the test run. For example, if 15 of 60 eggs were cracked, the car rated EggCAP 45. [[Citroen]] and [[Peugeot]] cars were ranked the best while other French cars such as Renault and Dacia were ranked much lower because eggs bounced off their cartons during the test runs.
   
Then, in 1940, other carmakers all over [[Europe]] came to the test track to test out their cars' suspension systems. [[Mercedes Benz]] had been one of the carmakers to use the test track for their engineering purposes and it helps the car makers to make the best performing suspension systems.
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By 1940, other carmakers all over [[Europe]] came to the test track to test out their cars' suspension systems. [[Mercedes Benz]] was one of the most well-known carmakers to use the test track to help improve their suspension systems.
   
But then, there are problems. Some carmakers started to become jealous of the French cars that dominated the rankings and the test track started to fill up with too many cars queuing up so firms had to look elsewhere. Many carmakers had developed their own bumpy test tracks for their prototypes and by 1973, the testing at the French bumpy roads had ended and many car makers agreed that the testing is getting unecessary.
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Problems soon developed. So many automakers from all over the world sought the test track to discover why their own cars were outperformed by French cars that securing time on the test track in France became increasingly difficult. To solve this issue, carmakers developed their own bumpy test tracks for their prototypes. By 1973, testing at the French bumpy roads had ended, and many car makers agreed that the tests were obsolete.
   
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That changed in 1994 when a car quality investigator discovered that the manufacturing quality of many cars deteriorated such that they delivered a bumpy ride even a straight, smooth highway made of glass. Outraged car owners campaigned for the Euro EggCAP standard to return, and, one by one, governments around the world brought back the tests in a modified form.
 
== How the test goes ==
 
== How the test goes ==
 
[[Image:gmotsaf036.gif|thumbnail|300px]]
 
[[Image:gmotsaf036.gif|thumbnail|300px]]
'''To set up'''
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'''Setup'''
   
There are four things required to do a Euro EggCAP test. First, they need a car to test. Second, the car will have a small colander of 4 eggs attached in the roof of the car above the driver's head. And it'll be also held by duct tape. Thirdly, the test requires a rocky track. Usually located at the test site, the track is constructed with concrete with rocks and bits of broken cement and bricks and it measures along at 328 ft (100m). And lastly, the driver is required.
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There are four things required to do a Euro EggCAP test. First, they need a car to test. Second, the car will have a small colander of 4 eggs attached by duct tape in the roof of the car above the driver's head. Thirdly, the test requires a rocky track. Usually located at the test site, the track is constructed with concrete with rocks and bits of broken cement and bricks. A 328 ft (100m) long track is sufficient. And lastly, the driver is required.
 
[[Image:rockroad.gif|thumbnail|A simple animation of the test procedure.]]
 
'''Testing procedures'''
 
 
The testing procedures got more interesting. Firstly, the test runs for only one car at a time. In test time, cars being tested are to be driven at speeds of 50 km/h (30 MPH) on the rough track and after that, the rating will be carried out and most importantly, cars next to be tested have to wait until the test already in progress is fully complete
 
   
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'''Testing procedures'''[[Image:rockroad.gif|thumbnail|A simple animation of the test procedure.]]
   
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The testing procedures got more interesting. Only one car was tested at a time. During the test, cars being tested are to be driven at speeds of 50 km/h (30 MPH) on the rough track. At the end, researchers recorded how many eggs were broken and how many remained intact.
 
== The ratings ==
 
== The ratings ==
The way the ratings go in Euro EggCAP are simple. If any eggs are cracked or broken, one point is lost per 1 egg. Here are the ratings.
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The way the ratings go in Euro EggCAP are simple. If any eggs are cracked or broken, one point is lost per 1 egg. Here are the ratings:
   
 
4 points: ''' Best'''
 
4 points: ''' Best'''
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0 points: '''Worst'''
 
0 points: '''Worst'''
 
All eggs cracked or broken.
 
All eggs cracked or broken.
 
   
 
== The Best and the Worst Performers ==
 
== The Best and the Worst Performers ==
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'''The Best'''
 
'''The Best'''
   
The best Euro EggCAP result goes to the [[Maybach|Maybach 62]] tested in 2002. It's hefty 6,184 pounds has managed to absorb the bumps thanks to its advanced suspension system which helped keep the car stable through the track and therefore, no eggs were cracked. Suprisingly, although its wheels appear small compared to the big body, it did little to interfere its smoothed out ride but best of all, the test driver got away with no yolk in his hair whatsoever.
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The best Euro EggCAP result goes to the [[Maybach|Maybach 62]] tested in 2002. Its hefty 6,184 pounds has managed to absorb the bumps thanks to its advanced suspension system which helped keep the car stable through the track, protecting every egg from damage. Suprisingly, although its wheels appear small compared to the big body, it did little to interfere with its smoothed out ride but best of all, the test driver got away with no yolk in his hair whatsoever.
   
 
Rating:4
 
Rating:4
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'''The Worst'''
 
'''The Worst'''
   
The worst Euro EggCAP result goes to the Volvo S40 tested in 1995. Volvo's reputation of being safe didn't much cover rough ride absorption as proved by the test. Its body rocked through the track and compared to the Maybach, the Volvo's lighter, it has a marginally higher ride and it's cheaper and none were any help. Worse still, its hard suspension helped made matters worse and the result is that all of the eggs are broken. After the test, the test driver had go in the shower to wash his hair but the car retained its shape well.
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The worst Euro EggCAP result goes to the Volvo S40 tested in 1995. Volvo's reputation of being safe didn't much cover rough ride absorption as proved by the test. Its body rocked through the track and compared to the Maybach, the Volvo's lighter, it has a marginally higher ride and it's cheaper and none were any help. Worse still, its hard suspension made matters worse and the result is that all of the eggs are broken. After the test, the test driver had go in the shower to wash his hair but the car retained its shape well.
   
 
Rating:0
 
Rating:0
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* '''IIES (Insurance Institute for Egg Safety)'''
 
* '''IIES (Insurance Institute for Egg Safety)'''
   
The Insurance Institute for Egg Safety is an EggCAP organisation running in America. All cars sold in [[America]] are tested there and the differences with Euro EggCAP are that the test track is longer (up to 3445 ft long) and the speed the cars to be tested is lower to 40 km/h (24.84 MPH) to be more fair towards Euro EggCAP.
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The Insurance Institute for Egg Safety is an EggCAP organisation running in America. All cars sold in [[America]] are tested. Compared to the Euro EggCAP test, the IIES test track is longer (up to 3445 ft long) and the the cars are tested at a slower speed of 40 km/h (24.84 MPH) for equivalency with the EuroEggCAP test.
   
 
* '''JapEggCAP'''
 
* '''JapEggCAP'''
   
JapEggCAP is a Japanese version of Euro EggCAP but unlike IIES and Euro EggCAP, they test separate classes of cars instead of cars from all classes. In JapEggCAP, people movers, [[SUV|off roaders]] and commercial vehicles are tested.
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JapEggCAP is a Japanese version of Euro EggCAP but unlike IIES and Euro EggCAP, they test motor vehicles other than everyday cars. In JapEggCAP, people movers, [[SUV|off roaders]] and commercial vehicles are also tested.
   
 
* '''EggCAP Asia Pacific'''
 
* '''EggCAP Asia Pacific'''
   
EggCAP Asia Pacific tests cars around the Asia Pacific region and it's much more similar to Euro EggCAP. However, the tests are to be done under controlled temperature conditions.
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EggCAP Asia Pacific tests cars around the Asia Pacific region and is similar to Euro EggCAP. However, the tests are done under controlled temperature conditions.
   
 
* '''EggCAP Canada'''
 
* '''EggCAP Canada'''
   
[[Canada]] has its own EggCAP facility which is formally known as EggCAP Canada. It's much similar with IIES with the same travelling speed, the same cars tested by IIES and available in the canadian market but the test track is rougher. Apart from all this, the tests will benefit for test drivers because of the cooler climate.
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[[Canada]] has its own EggCAP facility which is formally known as EggCAP Canada. It's uses the same travelling speed as the IIES, and all cars tested by IIES and available in the canadian market, test track is rougher. These tests benefit test drivers more than the others because of the cooler climate.
   
 
== Facilities ==
 
== Facilities ==
Here are some Euro EggCAP facilites.
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Here are some Euro EggCAP facilites:
   
 
* Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
 
* Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Latest revision as of 07:39, January 3, 2014

“Is there an EggCAP rating in new cars?”
~ James May on Euro EggCAP.
“Euro EggCAP.”
~ Jeremy Clarkson followed.
Euroeggcap

Euro EggCAP logo.

Euro EggCAP is a car safety organisation that focuses on the car's ability to absorb bumps without violently shaking the cabin. Established in 1995, cars were tested on a rocky road to test their ability to absorb bumps in really bumpy conditions and to really test this, the cars contained eggs to carry along through the test. Ratings were given for any eggs cracked and broken or unscathed.

edit Origins

Euro EggCAP was originally a set of tests performed by French firm Citroen and other automakers on their prototypes. Since 1931, they did test runs on bumpy country roads in France to test how well the cars absorbed bumps. Each car tested had 60 eggs on 2 cartons laid on the back seat, and number of eggs broken would be recorded after the test. The score indicated the number of eggs left intact after the completion of the test run. For example, if 15 of 60 eggs were cracked, the car rated EggCAP 45. Citroen and Peugeot cars were ranked the best while other French cars such as Renault and Dacia were ranked much lower because eggs bounced off their cartons during the test runs.

By 1940, other carmakers all over Europe came to the test track to test out their cars' suspension systems. Mercedes Benz was one of the most well-known carmakers to use the test track to help improve their suspension systems.

Problems soon developed. So many automakers from all over the world sought the test track to discover why their own cars were outperformed by French cars that securing time on the test track in France became increasingly difficult. To solve this issue, carmakers developed their own bumpy test tracks for their prototypes. By 1973, testing at the French bumpy roads had ended, and many car makers agreed that the tests were obsolete.

That changed in 1994 when a car quality investigator discovered that the manufacturing quality of many cars deteriorated such that they delivered a bumpy ride even a straight, smooth highway made of glass. Outraged car owners campaigned for the Euro EggCAP standard to return, and, one by one, governments around the world brought back the tests in a modified form.

edit How the test goes

Gmotsaf036

Setup

There are four things required to do a Euro EggCAP test. First, they need a car to test. Second, the car will have a small colander of 4 eggs attached by duct tape in the roof of the car above the driver's head. Thirdly, the test requires a rocky track. Usually located at the test site, the track is constructed with concrete with rocks and bits of broken cement and bricks. A 328 ft (100m) long track is sufficient. And lastly, the driver is required.

Testing procedures
Rockroad

A simple animation of the test procedure.

The testing procedures got more interesting. Only one car was tested at a time. During the test, cars being tested are to be driven at speeds of 50 km/h (30 MPH) on the rough track. At the end, researchers recorded how many eggs were broken and how many remained intact.

edit The ratings

The way the ratings go in Euro EggCAP are simple. If any eggs are cracked or broken, one point is lost per 1 egg. Here are the ratings:

4 points: Best No eggs cracked or broken

3 points: Good 1 egg cracked of broken

2 points: Average 2 eggs cracked or broken

1 point: Marginal 3 eggs cracked or broken

0 points: Worst All eggs cracked or broken.

edit The Best and the Worst Performers

Maybach08

The Maybach 62. Rated 'Best' in Euro EggCAP

The Best

The best Euro EggCAP result goes to the Maybach 62 tested in 2002. Its hefty 6,184 pounds has managed to absorb the bumps thanks to its advanced suspension system which helped keep the car stable through the track, protecting every egg from damage. Suprisingly, although its wheels appear small compared to the big body, it did little to interfere with its smoothed out ride but best of all, the test driver got away with no yolk in his hair whatsoever.

Rating:4

04 volvo s40 500

The Volvo S40. Rated 'Worst' in Euro EggCAP

The Worst

The worst Euro EggCAP result goes to the Volvo S40 tested in 1995. Volvo's reputation of being safe didn't much cover rough ride absorption as proved by the test. Its body rocked through the track and compared to the Maybach, the Volvo's lighter, it has a marginally higher ride and it's cheaper and none were any help. Worse still, its hard suspension made matters worse and the result is that all of the eggs are broken. After the test, the test driver had go in the shower to wash his hair but the car retained its shape well.

Rating:0

edit Other EggCAP organisations worldwide

Around the world are various versions of Euro EggCAP listed below.

  • IIES (Insurance Institute for Egg Safety)

The Insurance Institute for Egg Safety is an EggCAP organisation running in America. All cars sold in America are tested. Compared to the Euro EggCAP test, the IIES test track is longer (up to 3445 ft long) and the the cars are tested at a slower speed of 40 km/h (24.84 MPH) for equivalency with the EuroEggCAP test.

  • JapEggCAP

JapEggCAP is a Japanese version of Euro EggCAP but unlike IIES and Euro EggCAP, they test motor vehicles other than everyday cars. In JapEggCAP, people movers, off roaders and commercial vehicles are also tested.

  • EggCAP Asia Pacific

EggCAP Asia Pacific tests cars around the Asia Pacific region and is similar to Euro EggCAP. However, the tests are done under controlled temperature conditions.

  • EggCAP Canada

Canada has its own EggCAP facility which is formally known as EggCAP Canada. It's uses the same travelling speed as the IIES, and all cars tested by IIES and available in the canadian market, test track is rougher. These tests benefit test drivers more than the others because of the cooler climate.

edit Facilities

Here are some Euro EggCAP facilites:

  • Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Lladwelsky, Wales, United Kingdom
  • Metz, France
  • Bialystok, Poland
  • Espoo, Finland
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