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Check out Aston Martin's mules at its Silverstone test facility
When carmakers don't have a suitable platform in which to test new components, they often turn to the competition they intend to beat with their new product. That's why McLaren Automotive started out by chopping up a couple of Ferrari 360s. Other times, a carmaker really doesn't want to confirm that it's working on a mid-engine sports car. GM's Frankenstein “Holden” pickup test mule for the C8 Corvette remains one of the best examples of confusing yet purposeful engineering mules.
Aston Martin is working on a trio of mid-engine cars at the moment, and though I spotted a black Ferrari 488 last summer at Aston's test facility near the Nürburgring, that was only a benchmarking car, not a body hiding the British company's new twin-turbo V-6. Aston also has an engineering base at Silverstone called the Aston Martin Stowe Complex, and while no Valkyrie or Valhalla mules were around when the video below was filmed, it's still interesting to see what the engineers leave at the parking lot.