From Road & Track
The lifespan of a testing mule is short and cruel.
The development process for a new car is an iteration process, and that process requires the creation of actual test specimens that have been pushed to the limits to ensure both quality and durability. These cars exist only for the purpose of suffering, pushed at their limit under far more extreme conditions than the average driver would ever expose them to. This is an essential element in the process of actually building a car, but the mules are thanked for their work by being crushed.
With this in mind, there is a worse fate for a test mule to suffer than what the Dearborn fire department did with this Mustang Shelby GT500 test car in 2020. The car that would otherwise have been crushed was instead cut apart, a lot of training with live vehicle extraction to prepare the department for emergency preparedness. The process may have been a waste of 760 horsepower, but it certainly beats the crusher.
Via Dearborn Fire Department on Facebook
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