World cheapest, Indian-built car, the Tata Nano, has passed its first European safety tests. Indian engineers brought two Nanos to the UK test house MIRA to put them through a 50 km/h side impact test and a 56 km/h offset frontal impact test. As we know the two tests are the min required for a legal vehicle in Europe.
The cars that went through the tests were modified on the line at the Nano’s base in India. Four areas within the car were strengthened: structural foam was added to the cant rail; the front longitudinal structure is reinforced; structure is added to the front behind the bumper and on the firewall; and structure is added to the front doors.