The experts at Porsche, makers of the Boxster and Boxster S, note that passive safety begins with a chassis designed to absorb an impact, with crush zones away from the occupants. Other important features include dual front airbags and dedicated airbags to protect occupants' heads and a safety bar in case of a rollover accident.
Active safety features should include beefy anti-lock disc brakes to increase stability while braking, combined with an electronic stability control system that can take over if a car's sensors detect imminent loss of control.
Further features include a powerful engine with sufficient horsepower that the driver can call upon to drive away from danger. A well-balanced chassis - ideally with 50/50 weight distribution between front and rear and a favorable power-to-weight ratio - helps ensure stability.
Active safety can even include interior touches such as intelligent placement of cup holders, which should be mounted away from the center console and the gearbox, and securely bolstered seats.
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