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Porsche Cayenne pulls Airbus A380 to set Guinness World Record

The Porsche Cayenne is now a world record holder after pulling a 285-tonne Airbus A30 over a distance of 42 metres. Watch the video.

The Porsche Cayenne is now officially a Guinness World Record holder – the German SUV has taken the crown of heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car during a recent publicity stunt at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The new record was set using a standard £66,676 Cayenne S Diesel, which makes use of a 4.1-litre V8 twin-turbo producing 380bhp, but more importantly, 850Nm of torque. With those figures it was able to tug a colossal, 285 tonne, 516 seat, 73 metres long Airbus A380 supplied by Air France over a distance of 42 metres.

More often than not world records are set by fine margins, but the Cayenne has taken the record by a significant gulf – 115 tonnes to be precise. The previous Guinness World Record for heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car was set back in 2013 by a Nissan Patrol, which managed to tow 170 tonnes of aeroplane. 

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The car was driven during the feat by Porsche GB technician Richard Payne, who said, “We don’t usually go this far to test the limits of our cars but I think today we got pretty close”.

The record was repeated afterwards using a 562bhp Cayenne Turbo S, too.

Porsche is no stranger when it comes to Guinness World Records. Alongside the marque’s various Motorsport benchmarks, a team of 12 from Porsche Human Performance set the world record for the greatest distance run on a treadmill over 48 hours back in 2009, covering 868.64km collectively. Porsche owners and fans have also come together to set records  - in 2008, a convoy of 2,325 owners in Germany created the largest parade of Porsches on record. 

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