Dearborn FD Chops the Roof Off a 2020 GT500 Mustang | Practice Makes Perfect
Here are two things that bring a smile to my face; power tools and people freaking out over something they don't understand. Recently, pics of a Dearborn Fire Department training session have been making the rounds online. They show the first responders honing their vehicular occupant extraction skills on a very nicely optioned (I call dibs on the carbon fiber wheels) 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang. Cue the Ford Fan Freakout on social media.
What many failed to realize is that Ford sends hundreds of test mule vehicles such as this GT500 to the crusher every year. These cars can not be sold to the general public, and Ford has even stopped selling them to race teams in order to build race cars. You can thank someone selling off car that was supposed to be raced to an average Joe for that one. These cars are basically just 4,000 pounds of liability just sitting around taking up space.
So what we're left with is two choices; crush them and call it a day, or loan them out to rescue teams where their destruction can do some good. Ford chose door number two for this GT500. The Dearborn FD got to give this one a budget convertible refit, and chop saw the hood to allow better engine cooling access. So a lot of good came from this. Ford gets rid of a liabily, plus some good press, and the fire fighers get to practice some skills that may one day save the life of someone leaving a car show. It's really a Win-Win Situation.