It was a Brit pulling the 285-tonne mega-jumbo.
Remember when a VW Touareg V10 TDI towed a Boeing 747? That was more than a decade ago. It managed to pull 155 tonnes, which is still impressive to this day. In 2013, it was dethroned by a Nissan Patrol after successfully pulling a 170-tonne cargo plan. Now, the VW Group is back to reclaim the title with a completely standard Porsche Cayenne in torquetastic S Diesel spec. To make it happen, a special towing attachment was installed on the vehicle’s standard tow bar.
Equipped with a biturbo V8 engine pushing out 385 horsepower and a monstrous 627 pound-feet, the potent diesel SUV has set a new Guinness World Records title for heaviest aircraft pull by a production car. It took place at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport where the Cayenne S Diesel pulled a 73-metre Air France Airbus A380 weighing an impressive 285 tonnes, thus improving the Patrol’s record by a whopping 115 tonnes.
Behind the wheel of Porsche’s SUV was company's GB technician Richard Payne:
“It did it – I’m so relieved! We don’t usually go this far to test the limits of our cars but I think today we got pretty close.”
Interestingly, the record-breaking attempt was then successfully repeated using a petrol-powered Cayenne Turbo S. We remind you the quickest SUV around the Nürburgring has a biturbo 4.8-litre V8 rated at a meaty 570 hp and 590 lb-ft, thus proving Porsche’s SUV can accomplish the gruelling task even with 37 lb-ft less under the hood.
The two Volkswagen Group brands, along with Nissan, are not the only carmakers to show off their hauling prowess: a year ago, Land Rover used a Discovery Sport fitted with a 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine rated at 180 hp and 317 lb-ft to tow a 100-tonne train. That’s roughly the equivalent of a Boeing 757.