Porsche has announced that the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel has set a new World Record. No its not the typical record for miles traveled or mpg specs that we usually see, instead a Cayenne S Diesel recently touted its strength by successfully towing a 285 ton Air France Airbus A380 aircraft.
The Cayenne S Diesel towed the aircraft over a distance of 138 feet at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, to set a new Guinness World Records title for Heaviest aircraft pull by a production car, by a margin of 115-tons. The standard Porsche Cayenne was connected to the Airbus A380 via a special towing attachment that sat on the Cayenne’s standard tow bar.
The Guinness World Records title was set by a 385-hp Cayenne S Diesel. The exercise was then repeated using a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.
Richard Payne, a technician at Porsche GB: “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. 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.”
“It was fun and exciting to watch the two machines together,” stated Gery Mortreux, Executive Vice President Air France Industries.