Porsche has claimed a new world record, this time though there was not a certain German racetrack in sight. This record is slightly different as it’s at a much slower pace and involves a very short distance.
Lots Of Torque Required
Take one Airbus A380 plane weighing in at 285 tonnes, add one Porsche Cayenne S Diesel powered by a 4.2-litre V8 motor producing 380bhp and 627ib-ft of torque which is perfect for pulling very heavy things.
Attach the very torque laden Cayenne to one very heavy Airbus and pull it for 42 metres and you have a new world record. Porsche smashed the previous world record by 115 tonnes, when you consider that the Cayenne is only rated to tow just less than 10,000 pounds of weight, this is an astonishing feat.
285 Tonnes Of Towing Weight
The Airbus A380 is one of Air France’s fleet of 10 aircraft; the record itself was completed at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The A380 spent almost two decades in development and costs around £335 million per plane to buy, it can transport 525 passengers in comfort and somehow features 330 miles of wiring in each aircraft.
In order to pull off this feat, Porsche used a special towing attachment to connect the A380 to the Cayenne, just to make sure they even did the pull again in a Cayenne Turbo S, just because they could.
To see this tiny Porsche towing a huge plane is something you don’t see every day, maybe when you’re sat behind a car towing a caravan (and slowing you down), think of this moment and remember how tough it is to tow very heavy things…….