From Road & Track
The life of a test mule is short and cruel.
The process of developing a new car is a process of repetition, and this process requires the creation of real-world testing examples, pushed to the limit to ensure both quality and durability. These cars exist for the sole purpose of suffering, pushed to the limit in far more extreme conditions than the average driver would ever endure. This is an essential element of the process of actually building a car, but the mules are thankful for their work by being crushed.
With that in mind, there are worse fates to test a mule than what the Fireborn Fire Department did with this Mustang Shelby GT500 test car in 2020. Instead, the car that would otherwise have been crushed was split, part of the extraction training. live vehicles to prepare the emergency response department. The process may be a loss of 760 horsepower, but it certainly beats the crusher.
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