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in NASCAR the doors dont even open, bc they have a continuous safety "skeleton." this would not be well received in passenger cars! sooooo.,...
you have a safety cage around the car like in Volvos and all safe cars. trouble is, door locks sometimes give way to this day, and doors crumple in on the
passenger in T-bone hits.
I propose havin a series of rollbars in the door continuous with rollbars in the frame. a series of parallel deadbolt type locks and/or interupted screw (artillery technology) could seal the car against door opening or side impacts, plus make them a lot harder to steal!
||My '95 VW Golf had a simpler version of this, where a
round T-like post on the door (short shaft about .5" dia.
with about 1.5" disc on end--from memory, may be slighty
different) gets gripped be a cradle-like cage shaped to
receive it as the door closes. No moving parts involved,
but adds strength to the door/centerpost joint in the
event of side impact.