The Moose test was designed to see how cars would react to an obstacle suddenly appearing in front of the car at high speeds. As it turns out, not all cars do great in this test but a lot of it also has to do with the driver. The guys from km77.com do this sort of tests from time to time and today we’re checking out the new M5 and how it handles their course.
Their testing procedure includes taking the car through a slalom as well as three gates with cones on both sides. To be successful a car must go through all three gates without hitting any cones, at the highest speed possible. The slalom part is pretty much self-explanatory. This BMW M5 was riding on considerably worn out tires as seen on the footage below, so the less stellar results are somewhat expected.
The car just couldn’t get enough front end grip to steer properly, even though the test driver did point out that it felt a lot more composed than a 520d they had for testing purposes earlier this year. Furthermore, while the diesel-powered car carried a higher speed through the cones, the M5 couldn’t even match that, proving that rubber does mean almost everything in this instance.
And if you think about it, the four tires you have on your wheels are a car’s only contact point with the asphalt. Therefore, they should be in top notch condition, not only for the best performance, but also for your safety. And while the slalom part posed no issue for the M5, the Moose test definitely shows the importance of good tires, especially on a high-performance car.