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Porsche Pulls An Airbus But Learn About Seven Other Towing Records

Porsche Cayenne isn’t the only one to set a towing record

Volkswagen Group is known for creating SUVs capable of towing some incredible payloads. A long time ago a Volkswagen Touareg with an immense five-liter V10 TDI diesel managed to tow a Boeing 747. To do so, Volkswagen had to load it with a whole lot of sand bags just to create enough traction for the Touareg to pull the 150-ton plane. But they did not stop with towing records.

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Now, Porsche managed to do an even wilder feat. It towed a freaking Airbus A380 – the biggest passenger plane in the world which weighs in at 285 tons. It did it thanks to an insane 627 pound-feet of torque from a biturbo 4.1-liter V8 engine pushing out 385 hp. Amazing to say the least.

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This way Porsche set an all-new Guinness record for the heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car. It did it at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport where the Cayenne S Diesel pulled a 73-meter Air France Airbus A380.

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Interestingly, Porsche repeated the process with a petrol powered version as well. They used the Cayenne Turbo S (the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring) with its 570 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

However, Porsche and Volkswagen aren’t the only manufacturers presenting the towing ability of their production cars this way. No, no, no. We bring you seven incredible towing records performed by truck or an SUV.

Learn About Other Towing Records

Volkswagen Touareg

Sure, that Touareg towing the Boeing 747 is definitely the most famous one among towing records. Back in the day, it managed to do it twice. First time with Volkswagen own test driver – Uew Krieghoff behind the wheel, with the second attempt made by Tom Ford of the British TV show Fifth Gear.

Nissan Patrol

Nissan did it in a slightly different way. They also managed to pull a plane, but the Japanese used a Russian-built Ilyushin Il-76. It is a 170.9-ton plane and the Nissan Patrol (known better as the Infiniti QX56/Nissan Armada in the US) managed to tow it for more than 164 feet. Patrol towing the plane at the Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates was powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine that develops 400 bhp and412 lb-ft of torque. It was a completely stock car.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

This may easily be one of the most amazing towing feats ever performed by a car. See, the Discovery Sport is actually a rather compact SUV powered by a new JLR Ingenium two-liter diesel engine with 180hp and 316 lb-ft of torque. The car managed to pull a 100-ton train in Switzerland. And it towed the monster machine for 6 miles. Of course, the car did not have any mods whatsoever apart from the special rail wheel setup. After all, it had to pull the thing on the tracks.

Land Rover Range Rover

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You may not be impressed by this record (if we can call it that), but the Land Rover Range Rover managed to pull the famed Airstream caravan from the UK to Morocco in only 11 days. Pulling 5,289 lbs trailer for so long is not an easy task, but the Range Rover did it without a hiccup on the 3,676 miles journey. It covered every conceivable surface with drivers driving at least 12 hours per day.

Ford And Chevy Towing A Massive American Flag

Back in 2016, Ford and Chevy endeavored on a rather insane competition. First, Chevy rigged their Silverado HD with a tow hook and attached a massive 40-by-80-foot American flag for a four-lap tow around the Texas Motor Speedway. They successfully pulled the flag. A few weeks later, Ford broke the record by fixing their massive F-450 Super Duty with the 45-by-92-foot flag. They towed it at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

GMC Sierra 2500

Let get to some speed finally. The team at the Diesel Power wanted to break the Guinness World Record for the “Fastest Caravan Tow.” And they successfully did it by towing a caravan with the 2006 GMC Sierra 2500. The thing has to be dramatically modified with its engine delivering more than 1,300hp thanks to a whole lot of nitrous. Jason Sands of Diesel Power managed to reach 141.99 mph.

Toyota Tundra

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Let’s go to space. Toyota Tundra tried at least. This truck visited the California Science Center in an effort to move the Space Shuttle Endeavor to its final resting place. Toyota Tundra towed the Space shuttle from Los Angeles International Airport to the Science Center. This was an approximately 12-mile long journey which Tundra easily covered. As it turns out, the Space Shuttle and the trailer weighed in at 150 tons. Amazing.

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Safet Satara
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I do not have spare time. All there is is car time. 12 years and counting. I am a Central European gearhead, but you are probably thinking - aaa a disposable Borg drone! Well, actually, I like to dress up like James Bond too. The only thing I need to be him is an Aston Martin (and I love DBS more than DB5 because, reasons). That's something I guess.