When reviewing a car, I always do my best to assess how well built the thing is. Mostly, this involves poking at it until bits fall off.
Sometimes, though, I like to try new methods… Like the time I took a hammer and spade and beat the living batshit out a perfectly innocent hatchback.
I used this unusual technique for the first time recently on a 1996 Honda Civic. Gadget Geeks co-presenter Colin Furze and I bashed the thing to within an inch its life and, although it’ll never pass another MOT, it gets my thumbs up for being one of the sturdiest cars on the planet.
Its windscreen is particularly solid, as the video below will illustrate. It took Furze and I a good 10 minutes of smashing, whacking and kicking, interspersed with some wheezing and catching of breath, before we managed to cave it in.
It turns out it was made of laminated safety glass, which consists of two layers of glass with a freakishly tough plastic layer between providing extra strength.
Why were we hacking at a Civic? All will be revealed in a forthcoming episode of Gadget Geeks (every monday at 8pm on SKY1) but I figured I’d share this behind the scenes footage as it shows, in no uncertain terms, that glass can be a lot tougher than it appears.
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