New World Record
Porsche pulls Airbus A380 using towbar from Westfalia-Automotive
Inconceivable. Sensational. Brilliant.
The superlatives come thick and fast.
A Porsche Cayenne pulls a 285-tonne A380 using a towbar from Westfalia-Automotive.
The result was a new entry for Porsche in the Guinness Book of Records.
(Pictures courtesy of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, copyright Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG)
What can a powerful off-road vehicle achieve?
Porsche wanted to find this very thing out, so it got together with Air France to conduct a unique experiment.
In front of the watchful eyes of Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel, the team had a standard Porsche Cayenne S Diesel pull one of the French airline's Airbus A380s at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris.
Pravin Patel was impressed: "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."
The difference between the two vehicles was enormous. On the one hand there was the Cayenne, measuring 4.8 metres long and weighing just under two tonnes. And then there was the A380: 73 metres long and tipping the scales at 285 tonnes. And yet the Porsche Cayenne pulled the Airbus a whole 42 metres. Amazing.
Engineer Richard Payne was at the steering wheel of the 385-hp SUV.
He was absolutely euphoric after the record-breaking drive: "I 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."
Achieving the record was also partly down to Westfalia-Automotive. The towbar managed the incredible challenge brilliantly. Proof of the extremely high quality of the towbars from Westfalia-Automotive.
Quote by Porsche on the towbar from Westfalia-Automotive:
"Your towbar was perfect. The product is completely undamaged - well done!"