A Porsche Cayenne achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title on the 21st of April, 2017, by towing an Airbus A380 over a distance of 42-meters. This feat by Porsche’s Cayenne beats the previous record for ‘heaviest aircraft to be towed by a production car’ by a margin of 115-tons.
Porsche is now a Guinness World Record holder. Cayenne is a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) manufactured by Porsche. The German SUV is credited with pulling the heaviest aircraft at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
A Cayenne S Diesel, with a 4.1-liter V8 twin-turbo engine producing 380bhp, and more importantly, 850Nm of torque, was able to tug a colossal, 285 ton, 516 seat, 73 meters long Airbus A380 supplied by Air France over a distance of 42 meters. The achievement was then repeated by the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, cementing Porsche firmly in the record books, whether the car be gasoline or diesel.
Air France devoted one of its fleet of ten A380 aircrafts to the project and the contrast between the two machines was striking. The Cayenne (measuring 4.8-meters in length) was connected to the most sophisticated and largest (73-meters) passenger aircraft in the world via a special towing attachment that sat on the Cayenne’s standard tow bar.
The previous Guinness World Record for heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car was set back in 2013 by a Nissan Patrol, which managed to tow an airplane weighing 170 tons.
Pravin Patel, Adjudicator to the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt: “I’ve verified some amazing record attempts during my time as a GUINNESS WORLD RECORD adjudicator – watching a Porsche Cayenne tow one of the largest aircrafts in the world definitely ranks as among the most spectacular. My congratulations go out to all those involved in achieving this remarkable feat.”
November 4, 2017