The crash laboratory is the most striking part of the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. The two tracks – 154 metres and 108 metres (168 yards and 118 yards) in length respectively – meet in a cathedral-like hall with 14.5 metres (48 ft) to the ceiling.
Volvo Cars' crash-test laboratory in Torslanda turns 10 this year - and the almost 3,000 full-scale tests that have been carried out during the high-tech facility's first decade have helped give Volvo owners even safer cars.
The S40 was the result of a joint-venture between Volvo Cars and Mitsubishi; the two companies built their own series of cars on a common technical platform side by side in the Dutch NedCar plant. With the S40, Volvo offered the same comfort and safety levels in compact size as the drivers of the larger 850 had already enjoyed for some years.