This 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Was Cut Apart for Safety
Here’s a fun little fact for you: If you get into a bad car accident, it doesn’t matter what type of vehicle you are driving. Because if the rescuers need to get you out of that car, no matter how beautiful it is, they cut it up to get you back. They’ll use saws, jaws of life, hydraulic jacks, and axes in the most horrific way possible during your ride until they can free you from the wreckage and not think twice. Faced with a recent ripping of a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the Dearborn, Michigan Fire Department, local to the Ford Motor Company headquarters, might have hesitated to do their duty, but it’s only because there was no one in that 760- hp muscle car.
The car was used to train firefighters in the process of extracting cars, as first reported Road and track. In short, this Mustang was cut off by a litany of chainsaw massacre-type tools. No life was in danger. The car could have lived. As the fire department noted in a Facebook post, “It almost broke our hearts to cut this 2020 Ford Shelby Cobra. [sic] GT 500 test vehicle. “
Almost. Obviously, the task at hand did not deter Dearborn’s firefighters from honing their destructive skills. So why chop up a new Mustang Shelby GT500 (a Mustang Shelby GT500 that early adopters would pay big bucks for!) When an old dump find would have worked just as well?
Put simply, Ford had already sent this GT500 to the crusher. Automakers often destroy unsaleable pre-production vehicles to ensure their non-produced parts don’t go to junkyards or dealers. So this Mustang Shelby GT500 was going to die one way or another – why not let it out in style, and with the potential to help sharpen the skills of rescuers that could one day save a life? Ford must have thought of that too. Why else would he have given this hot Mustang to the local firefighters to respond to such a gruesome end?
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