Porsche couldn’t have had a better round of publicity than Lindsay Lohan’s accident on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, Calif. Despite a lot of damage to the car, she not only walked away after a brief emergency-room exam, she went back to work on a movie set.
The car appears to be a 911 sports car, and it sustained heavy front-end damage, with most of it on the passenger’s side, judging from photos of the accident.
In introducing the latest version of the 911 last year, Porsche said the 911 got its latest safety improvements. For instance, the latest version of the 911 comes with six air bags that protect both in head-on crashes or an offset crash, like the one in Lohan’s case.
The body of the car is extensively made of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel, Porsche sways.
“Particular attention was paid in designing and engineering the junctions of the A-pillars (the struts on either side of the windshield that support the roof) and the roof frame, as well as the safety structure involved in head-on and offset collisions,” Porsche said. The car was designed to transfer those forces around the doors to the rear of the car, skipping the passenger compartment.
In addition, a crossbar at the front of the car is made from high-strength steel to make sure it doesn’t intrude into the foot well area of the passenger compartment.