A diesel Cayenne has just successfully towed an Air France A380 and has broken into the Guinness World Record with a bang. This is a record for heaviest vehicle pull by a production car, as the Porsche managed to drag the whopping 285 ton Airbus.
The record is a mammoth 115-tonnes (128-tons) more than the previous similar feat and also rolls over the record of the 100-tonne (110-ton) train pull held by Land Rover Discovery Sport, although the Cayenne S Diesel is a more powerful car.
The Porsche used for the herculean feat had a heavier-duty tow bar than the standard version. The car had a standard 385 hp (287 kW) engine providing 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque and using an all-wheel drive system.
“We don’t usually go this far to test the limits of our cars but I think today we got pretty close,” Richard Payne, technician at Porsche Great Britain. “I could tell that it was working hard but the Cayenne didn’t complain and just got on with it. My mirrors were quite full of Airbus, which was interesting. Our cars can go a bit beyond what our customers might expect – they’re designed to be tough. But even so, what the Cayenne did today was remarkable – we drove the car here from London – and I plan to drive it home again, having towed an A380 in between.”
And to prove that it wasn’t just a fluke, the company repeated the stunt for the cameras in a Cayenne Turbo S.
Watch the stunning footage of the Cayenne pulling the Air France A380 in the video below: