Heaviest aircraft pull by a production car: world record set by Porsche (VIDEO)
PARIS, France -- A Porsche Cayenne, driven by Porsche Cars Great Britain (PCGB) Technician Richard Payne, towed an Airbus A380 over a distance of 42-metres at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, to set a new World Records title for Heaviest aircraft pull by a production car, by a margin of 115-tonnes, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: The European-spec 2017 Cayenne S Diesel set a World Record for the heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car by pulling an Air France Airbus A380 -- which weighs about 628,000 pounds -- at Charles de Gaulle International Airport.Photo: Porsche (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the heaviest aircraft pulled over 100 m by a team of wheelchair users weighed 67.19 tonnes (148,128.59 lb) by Blijf Actief (Belgium) at Melsbroek Air Base in Brussels, Belgium, on 29 May 2011. The team consisted of 84 connected individuals who pulled a 'C-130 Hercules' non-stop for nearly four minutes. Participants pulled the plane for a total of 120 m, an extra 20 m past what was required.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the heaviest car pulled by the eyelids weighed 1,500 kg (3,307 lb) and was pulled for 10 m (33 ft) by Dong Changsheng (China) though ropes hooked on his lower eyelids in Changchun, China, 26 September 2006.
The European-spec 2017 Cayenne S Diesel set a World Record for the heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car by pulling an Air France Airbus A380 -- which weighs about 628,000 pounds -- at Charles de Gaulle International Airport.
The vehicle was not modified at all for the record attempt and used a standard tow bar with a special towing attachment to pull the massive plane, which is the world's largest passenger jet.
Richard Payne, a Technician at PCGB: "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. I could tell that it was working hard but the Cayenne didn't complain and just got on with it. Our cars can go a bit beyond what our customers might expect – they're designed to be tough."
The world record title was set by a standard Cayenne S Diesel, producing 385 hp, CO2-emissions of 215 – 209 g/km and 850 Nm of torque. The achievement was then repeated by the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, cementing Porsche firmly in the record books, whether the car be petrol or diesel.