Prototypes break. That's the whole point. Something fails, and instead of Joe Public cursing at a service manager for an hour, it's an engineer cursing at a clipboard, and muttering about all the paperwork she'll have to file to fix the issue. Sometimes, though, the failure is more spectacular.

This 2016 Ford Super Duty pickup met its molten end in Death Valley, and in the embers of its impromptu funeral pyre the dead truck unwittingly confirmed an important fact about the new truck—find out what, and see more incredibly photos (explosion alert!) right here.