Tesla SUV earns Guinness World Record by towing plane

Marco Green
May 16, 2018

Most petrolheads will remember the Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI, which created quite stir when it towed a Boeing 747, back in 2006. But this is the tarmac, and here it managed to pull the 130 tonne Dreamliner nearly 300 metres. In fact, a year ago a video went viral showing a Tata Hexa towing a Boeing 737-800.

A Telsa might be now flying through space on its way to Mars, but in Melbourne today, Elon Musk's electric vehicle produced another first when it set a Guinness World Record attempt, as the heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle, towing a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner along the tarmac.

Monday was an exciting day for electric vehicles everywhere.

The Australian airline commissioned the video as a publicity stunt to highlight its sustainability efforts - the firm uses electric tugs to two planes at some airports in Australia. That was enough to hand the Tesla the Guinness World Record for "heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle".

While the Dreamliner didn't have any passengers or cargo on board, and it only had a small amount of fuel, it's an incredibly impressive feat for the Tesla vehicle, which can typically tow about 5,500 pounds, according to a press release. In comparison, the VW Touareg V10 TDI has a torque rating of 750Nm, while the record-setting Porsche Cayenne S Diesel's V8 motor churns out 850Nm of peak torque.

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