Crash Lab Facility Capabilities

Crash Lab Facility Capabilities

State of the Art Facility
Facility Capabilities
Accurate & Precise
Vehicle Crash Testing
Crash Facility

“It’s Impressive” - The First Words Out of Anyone who Visits the Crash Lab

After years of conducting crash tests at the VERF (Vehicle Experimental Research Facility), in 2018, Calspan opened a brand new, state-of-the-art, 58,000 square foot (5388.4 m2) Vehicle Crash Test Laboratory. This crash lab is conveniently located directly across the street from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

This crash lab was designed based on industry best practices and customer recommendations. Which resulted in a lab with safety, security, and efficiency features not found anywhere else in North America. Moreover, its propulsion system, rail, trolleys (tow skates) and photo pits are by MESSRING (considered the gold standard). Plus, it is highly secure, fully enclosed and climate controlled facility is between 69-72 °F (20.6- 22.2 °C) year round. Ideal temperatures for Calspan’s large fleet of crash test dummies. Which are one of many the reasons it was named Crash Test Facility of the Year two years in a row.


  • Two Crash Halls.
  • Multiple test vehicle preparation rooms.
  • Instrumentation calibration & Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD) qualification lab.
  • Private, customer rooms that are integral with the vehicle preparation rooms - This allows customers to have easy access to test vehicles while maintaining security.
  • An integral and secure Shipping and Receiving Dock for loading and off-loading vehicles directly within the facility.
  • Ample storage space for test vehicles, components and associated equipment.

Unique Capabilities

  • Huge 6 m x 4 m (20 ft. x 13 ft.) photo pits for expansive underbody high speed video.
  • Multiple high-resolution load cells walls that can provide Fx, Fy, Fz, My and Mz. Ideal for the validation of CAE crash simulation models.  These include full frontal, offset frontal, side pole and IIHS Small Overlap.
  • Dual guide rails for the execution of vehicle-to-vehicle crash tests (i.e. EuroNCAP MPDB).
  • Ability to conduct indoors both the IIHS Small Overlap left and right impacts.
  • Equipped to conducted tests to proposed standards like the IIHS 2.0 Moving Deformable Barrier and NHTSA Frontal Oblique.
  • Extensive experience crash testing fully electric vehicles.
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