It turns out, the 2018 Ford Mustang can ace a Moose Test.
With 2018 winding down, model years are about to be replaced by their immediate successors. However, the 2018 Ford Mustang recently took on the Moose Test.
The Moose Test has been around in some way shape or form since the 1970s in Sweden. This test is named as such because moose are common creatures in countries such as Sweden, Finland, Norway, Northern Russia, Alaska, and Canada. This particular test is noteworthy because of the danger moose pose to individuals in the car with their heavy weight and tall legs.
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It would seem that the Mustang was able to pass with decent statistics. This is probably something more manufacturers should test their cars for, it would allow them some bragging rights at least. For the Mustang, this all the more impressive because the car isn't exactly known to be nimble as American Muscle cars have the stereotype of being fast in a straight line and nothing else.
The Moose Test is performed on a dry surface with traffic cones set up in an S shape to simulate the obstacle, road, and road edges. Each of the seats also contain one belted person and weight is put in the trunk as well, this is to simulate the car at maximum load. The driver quickly swerves onto the track, to avoid the object then swerves back into their proper lane to avoid "oncoming traffic" the test is repeated until the car either skids, knocks down a cone, or completely spins around. Usually, this happens between 45 - 50 mph.
The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute created a specialized crash test dummies for this test as well. They are called "Moose" and accurately simulate the weight and center of gravity of the actual animal. They're used to create more realistic collision tests. Australia car manufacturers also have similar dummies that simulate that of a kangaroo.