The new SmartBar (bull bar) is safer for both drivers and pedestrians.
Bull bars have been around for decades protecting a wide range of vehicles, or so we thought. Recent safety concerns have forced a rethink on the bull bar and the result is a groundbreaking new product called the SmartBar. This product not only offers additional protection for vehicle occupants, but also for pedestrians and animals, when accidents occur.
The SmartBar is 100% Australian made and is roto moulded from polyethylene, unlike traditional bull bars, which were made from metal. They had no give, would need replacement after a serious accident, and showed no mercy to pedestrians or animals involved in collisions. The metal bars were also heavy, adding considerable weight to vehicles that were often already overweight – unlike the SmartBar, which is in a league of its own thanks to the number of benefits it offers drivers, passengers, pedestrians and animals.
Lightweight – more economical
Polyethylene is much lighter than metal, and the average weight fitted to 4WDs is approximately 30kg, as opposed to the much heavier 60kg metal bar. The lighter material means reduced fuel consumption and less wear and tear on your suspension and tyres.
The primary beauty and usefulness of polyethylene is that, despite its light weight, it effectively absorbs high impacts, returning to its original shape afterwards. The result is the crash damage to your vehicle is reduced, and your SmartBar enjoys a longevity that the original bull bar cannot touch. Bull bars would often need to be replaced after a serious accident, resulting in downtime and high costs.
The Smart Bar also offers protection to your panels, particularly in high-speed collisions and animal strikes. This means the amount of damage that your engine could sustain is greatly reduced, and the risk of engine immobilisation minimal. This is particularly important for drivers travelling on holidays or camping weekends to remote locations where mobile signals are erratic and help is often difficult to come by.
Added protection for passengers and pedestrians
The SmartBar is stronger than metal and because of its ‘give’ factor and crash tests have proven that the bar offers far more protection to adults, children and animals. The impact absorption factors will also protect occupants of the vehicle without compromising the airbag functionality.
Tests conducted by the Centre of Automotive & Safety Research (CASR) for HIC (Head Impact Criteria), which measures the head trauma and accident survival probability at certain speeds, have confirmed that SmartBar is superior to all other frontal vehicle protection systems that are currently on the market.
These bars are also designed to deflect an animal in the case of a strike, ensuring the vehicle remains mobile while also offering the animal more chance of survival.
Smart bars are most often used in police vehicles, fire trucks and ambulances, however, they also provide equal protection to regular vehicles such as 4x4s, sedans, and trucks. Additionally, they can be made to match your colour-coded Aeroklas canopy; making these accessories look like they’re produced as part of the vehicle’s bodywork.
SmartBar is 100% Australian made, giving the manufacturers total control over the entire production process, earning them an ISO 9001 certification. They have internal teams that manage the CAD design, engineering, R&D, product formation, distribution, quality control and testing, every step of the way.
This product has already achieved worldwide acclaim and is revolutionising the way we protect our vehicles, passengers, drivers, and pedestrians and animals.
If you want a SmartBar attached to your vehicle, get it done by your local 4×4 specialists where you can have Rhino Racks fitted – with up to 80kg loading mass – and you can choose stylish colour-coded canopies to complement your new SmartBar. Get ready to tackle the outdoors safely.