A Hyundai i30 was handed over to a troop of baboons at Knowsley Safari park for ten hours and left unattended. Designers wanted to see how the finish would stand up to the kind of punishment the average child might inflict during the car’s lifetime.
David Ross, General Manager at Knowsley Safari Park said “for a baboon, to have a car to play with for a whole day is manna from heaven! I’ve seen thousands of cars pass through this enclosure, get mobbed by monkeys, and none have lasted the distance as well as this Hyundai. These baboons are incredibly inquisitive. If you put them on any car they will scour it for the weak points and find any faults. At one point there were 40 monkeys in the car, pushing it to its limits, that is ten times the size of the average human family!”
The experiment resulted in just a few scrapes, lots of smears and finger marks, a dislodged rubber door seal that was rejected as a snack, plus some tooth marks in the steering wheel and no baboon stole the alloys. Hyundai project manager Felicity Wood said ‘safari park monkeys are particularly good at discovering weak points on cars and then pulling, prodding and tearing at the parts until they break.” The park’s general manager David Ross said the baboons, which can weigh up to 66lb, ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ the experiment.