Porsche Cayenne Sets New Guinness World Record By Towing Airbus A380

Posted: May 2 2017, 9:05am CDT | by , Updated: May 2 2017, 9:11am CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles

 
Porsche Cayenne Sets New Guinness World Record by Towing Airbus A380
  • Porsche Sets New Guinness World Record by Pulling Airplane A380

Porsche is a wonderful car. It has set a new record by pulling an entire airplane behind it that weighs a lot behind it on the tarmac.

Toyota engaged in a shenanigan a few years back where its Tundra pulled a space shuttle behind it for a record distance of 12 miles. Porsche is a car brand that has decided to do the same thing with a whole lot more poundage. Its new Cayenne drove from London to the Charles de Gaulle Airport in order to pull an Airbus A380.

This happens to be the largest plane that the Airbus builds in its repertoire. At the venue, Porsche had Cayenne production car pulling the airplane. This sets the Guinness Book World Record for the heaviest aircraft towed by a vehicle produced on the assembly belt.

According to Porsche, that Cayenne was driven by Porsche GB technician Richard Payne that set a new Guinness World Records title for Heaviest aircraft pull by a production car, by a margin of 115-tonnes.

A video clip of the record was made for the enthusiasts’ viewing pleasure. It was quite a short pull though. It was not a case of pulling the aircraft for long distances by means of the car.

The plane was towed for a mere 42 meters at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. That was all the stamina and drive the car had in it to do this tough and strenuous job.

So while this is a greater load than the Toyota record, it is also low on the endurance-meter. Porsche reassured the media that it had its two Cayennes, a Cayenne S Diesel and a Cayenne Turbo S, drive back to their original spots after the pulling was done by both.

According to Porsche, "The Guinness World Records title was set by a Cayenne S Diesel, producing 385 hp (Fuel consumption combined 8.2 – 8.0 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 215 – 209 g/km) and 850 Nm of torque. The exercise was then repeated using a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S."

These muscle cars sure have the tenacity and doggedness to get the job of pulling an entire airplane completed in the nick of time. The company that is Porsche deserves a salute for its performance under duress. Already the Volkswagen and Nissan brands have tried their hands at this herculean task in the past.

The airplane this time around weighed 285 tons. The Cayenne cars showed once and for all that they had a lot of pulling power. The driver of the car was later on said to be triumphant at his achievement. He said that it was such a relief to have accomplished this act of greatness. He also spoke of how the car was designed to be a very tough piece of machinery.

“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. 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,” said Richard Payne, a technician at Porsche GB.

“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. Credit should go to the team in Stuttgart who developed the car – they did a thorough job. I’m also very grateful to Air France and its engineers for their generosity in allowing me to tow their beautiful aircraft.”

“Like Porsche, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance thrive on excellence and pushing engineering boundaries. It was an honour to host Porsche at our hangar at Charles de Gaulle, which is usually home to our engineers working on our fleet of 10 Airbus A380 – one of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world,” said Gery Mortreux, Executive Vice President Air France Industries.

“This achievement is a new illustration of the way AFI KLM E&M is able to adapt to specific requirements, and the passion we put on every challenge we take. It was fun and exciting to watch the two machines together – our engineers were intrigued and impressed. Congratulations to Porsche on a remarkable achievement.”

Pravin Patel, Adjudicator, Guinness World Records, said, “I’ve verified some amazing record attempts during my time as a Guinness World Records adjudicator – watching a Porsche Cayenne tow one of the largest aircraft in the world definitely ranks as among the most spectacular. My congratulations go out to all those involved in achieving this remarkable feat.”

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