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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Fails The Moose Test Spectacularly: Video

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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E has won over many with its impressive performance thus far, including law enforcement after the crossover recently became the very first EV to pass Michigan State Police testing. The Ford Mustang Mach-E powertrain was also just named a 2021 Ward’s 10 Best Engines winner, another big feather in its proverbial cap. However, the Mach-E apparently isn’t quite as adept at a maneuver referred to as the “Moose Test.”

The Moose Test is designed to evaluate a vehicle’s electronic stability control system in real life. At speed, the driver of the vehicle conducts an evasive maneuver around an obstacle, while remaining within certain limits or lanes. The same test is then conducted over and over again at increasingly high speeds until the vehicle fails to stay within the designated limits or when it hits the obstacle.

The automotive journalists at Teknikens Värld recently subjected a Mach-E Long Range all-wheel drive model to the Moose Test, along with a variety of other electric vehicles including the Hyundai IONIQ 5, Tesla Model Y, and Skoda Enyaq iV. The Mach-E fared the worst of that bunch, as it proved to be quite difficult to maneuver at speeds of 40.5, 42.3, and 43.5 miles per hour before ultimately failing the test at 44.7 miles per hour.

The testers noted that the rear end of the Mach-E is very unstable at speed, and the vehicle exhibits slow steering and a soft chassis, as well as a slow-to-respond electronic stability control system. At speeds below 44.7 miles per hour, the Mach-E hits the cones that represent the edge of the road and proceeds to go off the “road” completely at 44.7 miles per hour. Meanwhile, all three of the Mach-E’s competitors manage to pass the test at higher speeds and do so without hitting any of the cones.

We’ll have more interesting videos like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang Mach-E news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. scott

    So, is this putting equal tires on both cars? or running 225 all seasons on the mustang and 255/275 summer tires on the tesla? Do you run this on a wet course to see the same results? Or is this just to bash the Ford?

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    1. Robert.Walter

      I’m sure somebody same the same kind of nonsensical things when both the 1998 Smart and MB A-Class failed this test.

      But in the end, the Board Member, head of vehicle engineering, Jüergen Hubbert (IIRC), aka Mr Mercedes, was retired, both launches were delayed. Both had suspension redesigns, the Smart getting stiffer springs, wider track and standard ESC to correct the deficiencies.

      At that time, OEM’s realized that designing to FMVSS or similar was inadequate because such competently conducted tests represented additional de facto safety standards.

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    2. commbubba19

      doesn’t matter. tests are performed as they are built from the factory including tire size and compound.

      would the mach e have performed better with wider and stickier tires? of course. but that’s not what ford put on it nor how customers can buy it.

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    3. Justin

      The Model Y was running Goodyear eagle all season tires not summer. Based on the wheel option that’s the tire it’s paired with.

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  2. Robert.Walter

    Time for an Action Plan.

    Left unaddressed, there will eventually be one of these kinds of crashes which comes into the news and hurts Ford’s reputation.

    Reply
  3. commbubba19

    am i watching the same test because i’m not seeing how the tesla is ‘much better’. it snap oversteered after the correction and could catch a lot of people off guard especially in poor weather conditions. it’s basic behavior was also the same. it just didn’t quite swing the back end out as far as the mustang did but after the initial oversteer the rear end was controlled unlike the model y where it snapped back and the driver had to correct.

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  4. fpvfan

    I would assume that this is just a base model Mach E and wonder if the GT and GT Performance models would performance alot better since they are set up with a different suspension.
    Granted I’m not a true fan of the Mach E myself, I wonder if this test is a fair comparison against the other two vehicles. I understand Tesla has been doing electric longer than Ford but to me, and this is just my opinion, Ford dropped the ball on the Mach E but the team behind the MAch E had the original plan to make this a FWD compliance vehicle but the idea was changed mid stream and ended up with what we have here now. Even with the GT and GT performance, although it has the power, the performance, appearance and overall design are truly lacking. even with it saying “Mustang” on it, this five-door hatchback crossover should have taken alot of exterior cues from the now-gone Focus RS. A more aggressive front fascia design, wider GT350 style fenders front and rear, aero hood, a Focus RS Style rear spoiler with the center plane design matching the GT350/MAch1/GT500, GT hood design, aero side splitters and rear diffuser along with a factory staggered set of wheels, bigger brembo brakes, There should have also been better suspension package options on the GT as well closer to what the MAch 1 has but setup for a larger & heavier vehicle and the GT interior should have been better as well and it should be a vehicle that can be heard both inside and outside. It should sound, feel and behave like a mustang but better being that it’s AWD.

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  5. Lewis C Strickland

    If it was labelled. Ford Escape, like it should be, this conversation would be moot.

    Reply

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