2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E fails ‘moose test’ in spectacular fashion


The electric SUV lost control through the cones at 68km/h, less than its direct rivals.


The handling assessment – which has become an unofficial industry benchmark since the late 1990s – requires a loaded vehicle to swerve between cones at increasing speeds, repeating until it breaks traction or becomes dangerously unstable. It’s intended to simulate a moose stepping out onto the road, requiring the driver to swerve to avoid the animal, then quickly return to their lane.

The all-new SUV appears to be at its best in a straight line – it reached just 68km/h, before the rear stepped out and flattened a row of cones.

According to the journalists who tested the vehicle, this was caused by a poorly tuned electronic stability control (ESC) system.

For reference, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Tesla Model Y – both direct competitors to the Ford – made it to 72km/h and 75km/h respectively.

The test has been utilised in various forms since the late 1970s, however rose to worldwide prominence in 1997 when the then-new Mercedes A-Class was overturned during the handling exercise. The subsequent controversy led to a mass recall and three-month sale suspension while a fix was developed and introduced.


In flagship ‘GT’ guise, dual motors in the Mustang Mach-E send a combined 358kW/813Nm to the road via a single-speed transmission.

This allows the 0-100km/h sprint to be completed in a claimed 3.8 seconds, on the way to an electronically-capped top speed of 200km/h. A 88kWh lithium-ion battery pack permits a range of 402km on the EPA testing cycle.

There are currently no plans to sell the vehicle in Australia. You can read all of our Mach-E coverage by clicking here.

William Davis has written for Drive since July 2020, covering news and current affairs in the automotive industry. He has maintained a primary focus on industry trends, autonomous technology, electric vehicle regulations, and local environmental policy. As the newest addition to the Drive team, William was brought onboard for his attention to detail, writing skills, and strong work ethic. Despite writing for a diverse range of outlets – including the Australian Financial Review, Robb Report, and Property Observer – since completing his media degree at Macquarie University, William has always had a passion for cars.

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