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-liter V8.

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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.

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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!]

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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AmericanLocomotive
American Locomotive

These stunts are just insulting to anyone who has an introductory college physics course under their belt. You’re towing something with wheels over flat ground.

Once you overcome the static friction of the tires and bearings, the amount of force needed to keep the plane rolling is pretty minimal. Most airport tugs are not very powerful - they just weigh a lot so they can move the plane around in any possible weather condition.