From the Road and Track
The life of a test mule is short and cruel.
The development process for a new car is a repetition process, and that process requires the creation of real test examples pushed to limits to ensure both quality and durability. These cars exist for the sole purpose of suffering, being pushed to their limit in more extreme conditions than the average driver subject to them. This is an important element of the process of actually building a car, but those from are appreciated for their work by being crushed.
With that in mind, there is a worse chance for a test mule to suffer than the Dearborn Fire Department did in this 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 test car. The car which could have been crushed was instead pried separately, part of the practice of getting a live vehicle to prepare the department for the emergency response. The process may have wasted 760 horsepower, but it certainly surpassed the crusher.
By Dearborn Fire Department on Facebook
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