See A Porsche Cayenne Tow The Heaviest Aircraft Ever Towed By A Production Vehicle

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The beautiful unobtanium Porsche Cayenne S Diesel birthed of magical unicorn tears and luxurious fancy-torques that of course America doesn't get just set a new Guinness World Record. The Cayenne just towed the heaviest aircraft ever towed by a production vehicle: a 314-ton Airbus A380.

Air France lent Porsche's torquey wondertruck one of their big jets for the stunt. The Cayenne towed it a distance of 42 meters across Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Porsche claims it's a completely normal Cayenne S Diesel with a 4.2-litre V8.

When they were done towing the plane with the Cayenne S Diesel, they did the same feat with the Cayenne Turbo S -- which we do get. You know, in case any Americans need to tow a plane. Hey, why not?

This A380 weighed a full 126.7 tons more than the previous heaviest aircraft towed by a production vehicle.

Either way, 314 tons translates into approximately 232 Porsche 944 race cars in various states of repair, so I think this was a good demonstration of its towing capacity. It certainly looks a lot more comfortable than the average airport tug, that's for sure.

[Correction: There's a slight difference between "tonnes" and "tons" I didn't originally account for. The measurements above are now in tons for consistency's sake. Thanks for the heads-up, CD!]

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    Didn't VW do this with a Touareg a while ago?

      Yep and it had a special diff and suspension and the back was loaded up with a few tons of ballast. I'm betting the same is happening here.

    That's not exactly that impressive when you account for the physics.

    Check out John codogans video on YouTube breaking it down

      Couldn't agree more, Porsche is getting the publicity they want after having a someone good with a calculator figure the whole thing out in about 45 minutes.

      They knew it was going to work before picking up the phone to Airbus.

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