If a Ford Mustang GT hit a moose at speed, the odds are good that the car would be destroyed and the passengers would be hurting. In many cases, an animal the size of a moose being hit by a sports car will cause the body of the animal to hit the windshield and/or roof, often causing injuries to the people in the car. This is why the Moose Test was introduced in Sweden, as it is important that vehicles in that country can safely swerve around one of the lumbering animals at highway speeds.
In most cases, we only talk about Moose Tests when a vehicle fails, but with the 2018 Ford Mustang GT recently shining in the challenge, we thought that Americans who aren’t familiar with the test might like a breakdown of a clean Moose Test run.
The Moose Test
The Swedish Moose Test consists of a long straightaway with three groups of cones arranged in rectangles. The car enters the first group at speed, swerving hard to the next group on the left and then swerving back into the final group of cones on the right. The idea is for vehicles to enter the cones with as much speed as possible and the vehicles are scored on their ability to get through the three groups of cones under control, without hitting any cones. The overall goal is to get through the test with a speed in the area of 45 to 55 miles per hour.
Vehicles that perform poorly have to go much slower through the cones and the worst vehicles in the Moose Test have nearly flipped over, but this simple test is no match for the 2018 Mustang GT.
Pony Versus Moose
The video below begins with the 2018 Ford Mustang GT fastback blasting through the Moose Test, sliding a bit too much on the first hard cut and hitting a few cones. With each run, it improves and the driver is eventually able to make it safely through the cones at 77 kilometers per hour, or about 48 miles per hour. As a result, the Mustang got the “good” score and passed the test.
The video also includes several faster runs where the Mustang took down cones, along with a look at the car rocketing through a slalom with ease.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!