A car has broken a world record for towing. Not very uncommon? But the car is a Porsche and it was towing a jumbo jet! Got your attention now, didn’t it? Porsche Cayenne S Diesel pulled a 285-tonne Air France Airbus A380 which is the heaviest aircraft (or probably anything) pulled by a production car, setting a Guinness World Record.
What makes this record ultra-special is not just the fact that Cayenne pulled the A380 which is like 100 times heavier than the car but also that the car was COMPLETELY STANDARD and absolutely unmodified. And that exactly is the reason that this feat is grabbing so many eyeballs, with no modifications whatsoever.
The record attempt was a brainchild of a Porsche technician Richard Payne. (Payne – Cayenne Cayenne – Payne! Coincidence?) Payne calculated that the Cayenne’s engine, gearbox and chassis structure could actually pull an aircraft as heavy as 285 tonnes without modifications and that is when the feat was conducted at Charles de Gaulle airport, where the Cayenne was hitched up to an Air France Airbus 380 in one of the company’s hangars.
Payne drove the car himself and Cayenne’s 385 hp and 850 Nm of torque got to work and towed the aircraft across 42 metres, elevating itself and Mr Richie into the record books of Guinness World Records. And here’s one more noticeable fact, the hangar of Charles de Gaulle airport which spans in 60,000 square metre area is large enough to park around 3000 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel or one very big aircraft! The hangar was especially designed as a home to the giant French aircraft called the Air France Airbus A380.
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And while towing one of the most sophisticated and largest passenger aircrafts in the world, the Cayenne was connected to it via a special towing attachment which sat on Cayenne’s standard tow bar. The Cayenne was also all the way from London to France for the feat and Payne said that he will be driving it back home. Now that really proves zero damage and that how powerful the car is. Porsches can go a bit beyond then what the customers might expect.