The feat required more than just a regular old tow truck.
If you've spent any time on the internet in the last couple of years, you'd know that the Ford Mustang GT has a penchant for crowd hunting exiting Cars and Coffee meets. That wasn't the case for this particular Stang, though, as it set its sights as far away from people as possible when it plummeted 350 feet off the side of a mountain in California recently.
The story goes that the owner had just fitted a set of brand new wheels and eagerly wanted to take his GT out for a spin. Obviously, his attempt to replicate Ken Block's Climbkhana went wrong, though, as the car ended up upside down a very long way down the ditch. The owner escaped unscathed, by some miracle, but the question remains, how do you retrieve the wreckage? Well, Pepe's Towing Service did the deed, but it wasn't without great difficulty, as the video of the ordeal shows.
In the 31-minute-long video, we get a pretty good view of the whole scene courtesy of some drone footage that shows just how far the Mustang tumbled on its way to the afterlife. It also highlights just how safe Ford builds its vehicles if the owner was able to climb out without severe injury, despite the Mustang's previously sketchy safety reports outside of the US.
Using a 75-ton rotator nicknamed Big Flipper, the team was able to lift the pony car off the side of the mountain and load it onto the back of a flatbed truck. The process of getting to that point is exhaustive, though, as the tow company had to rappel down the side of the mountain in 90-degree heat to reach the wreckage.
While modern safety systems, including stability control and traction control, do a fine job of mitigating most disasters caused by drivers running out of talent, it's quite clear the driver must've been carrying some serious speed through this corner. That's not surprising when the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 in the Mustang's GT variant spawns 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, delivering it to the rear axle via either a six-speed manual gearbox or a 10-speed automatic transmission. While the owner's worst injury may have been his pride, the crash is likely made even sorer by the fact that those brand new wheels he'd just put on are about as recoverable as the rest of the wreckage.