Mercedes-Benz's new YouTube series is a breath of fresh air.
The life of a crash test dummy is not the most glamorous, in fact, it must suck if they were actually sentient beings. That is exactly what Mercedes-Benz has made happen with its new YouTube series simply titled 'Crash Tales'. It follows the life and times of two crash test dummies named Tommy and Fred. We've covered our fair share of crash tests, including the absolute destruction of a Mazda CX-30, and even a Jeep Wrangler that ended up rolling over during a test, but this series is something completely different.
The first episode of Crash Tales introduces our two protagonists as they get ready for a test, but this test doesn't end in chaos and destruction but is actually rather delightful.
The video introduces the two characters before a loudspeaker announces the start of the test: "it's your lucky day, have fun" the announcer states. "It's our lucky day, we're testing new brakes," says Tommy, while Fred quips "Brakes? I've never used them in my life! I'm a crash test dummy for heaven's sake, I love crashing!" The car they are piloting seems to be a yellow-camouflaged Mercedes Benz EQC, Merc's latest electric SUV.
It comes as no surprise that these dummies would be testing the brakes on the EQC since it comes packed with a serious 402 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes-Benz quotes a maximum range of 200 miles.
The test is over as soon as it begins, with the EQC getting up to speed in an instant, and then slowing down just as quickly. It's all very undramatic really. The look of disappointment is clear on Fred's face, who is obviously the pragmatist of the duo. Tommy ends the first episode with the line "cheer up Freddie, next time we'll test the heated seats."
Poor Fred, the guy just wants to smash some cars. This series goes to show that not all premium German automakers are that dour. We can't wait for the next installment.