After pulling a 285-tonne Airbus A380 over a distance of 42 metres, the Porsche Cayenne is now a world record holder. The Porsche is now officially a Guinness World Record holder. During a recent publicity stunt at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, it has taken the crown of heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car.
The Cayenne tugs a colossal, 285 tonne, 516 seat, 73 metres long Airbus A380 for 42 metres
The new world record was set by Cayenne S Diesel, having a 4.1-litre V8 twin-turbo engine under the hood that produces 380bhp. What’s more impressive, the engine features 850Nm of torque. Although this distance does not sound impressive, the attempt of Cayenne is much more impressive taken that the Airbus A380 weighs even 285 tons.
Often world records are set by fine margins, but the Porsche has taken the record by a significant gulf – 115 tonnes to be precise. Nissan Patrol managed to tow 170 tonnes of aeroplane in 2013 when it held the Guinness World Record for heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car.
Porsche GB technician Richard Payne drove the car at that time and said that they don’t usually go that far to test the limits of their cars but he thought that with this, they got pretty close.
The record was repeated afterwards using a 562bhp Cayenne Turbo S, too.
Porsche is not unknown when it comes to Guinness World Records. A team of 12 from Porsche Human Performance, alongside the marque’s various Motorsport benchmarks, set the world record for the greatest distance run on a treadmill over 48 hours back in 2009, covering 868.64km. Its owners and fans have also come together to set records – a convoy of 2,325 owners in Germany created the largest parade of Porsches on record in 2008.
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