Does anyone know what happen's to the Pre-Production/Prototypes once all testing is done. Taken back dismantled for Inspection?
Mighty info thanks for that :thumbsup:Verification prototypes will be given to product development engineers to perform testing and calibrations on and then scrapped or will go on to do stress / destructive testing (not safety testing) / tear down.
A lot of the pre production cars will have butchered interiors or cheap plastics which are only made to see how they fit on the car and how the car looks, they will also (as a lot of people on here have found out) start out life as a normal focus / ST's and have the rs running gear on, this is a lot cheaper and easier to do as they are already in production. They also have A LOT of instrumentation stuck all over them which is used for logging data which can then be analysed i.e. sensors in cooling pipes, air vents, interior, wind speed etc etc
You also get Tooling Test cars, which are when the production line makes the first few cars which represent what the customer will receive but as the name suggests allow them to test how it all fits together, again, product development engineers will get given these cars but have to treat them as if they belong to a customer (no pulling trim off or putting instrumentation on). These cars can be tested and then will be given to dealers as pre owned models or as demonstrators.
There are also varying levels prototypes, there are many other's variants as well, but those are the main two I can think of atm.
(source: work for a British car company once owned by ford.....you can guess)