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Dearborn's Fire Department Just Cut Up a 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

Road & Track logo Road & Track 2020-10-17 Fred Smith
a car parked in a parking lot: The test mule was set to be crushed, so an extraction training exercise was the best way it could go out. © Dearborn Fire Department The test mule was set to be crushed, so an extraction training exercise was the best way it could go out.

The life of a testing mule is short and cruel.

The development process for a new car is a process of iterating, and that process requires the creation of actual testing examples pushed to the limits to ensure both quality and durability. These cars exist for the sole purpose of suffering, pushed at their limit in far more extreme conditions than the average driver would ever subject them to. This is an essential element of the process of actually building a car, but the mules are thanked for their work by being crushed.

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With that in mind, there are worse fates for a testing mule to suffer than what the Dearborn Fire Department did to this 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 test car. The car that otherwise would have been crushed was instead pried apart, part of live vehicle extraction training to prepare the department for emergency response. The process may have been a waste of 760 horsepower, but it sure beats the crusher.

Via the Dearborn Fire Department on Facebook

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