VIDEO: Porsche Sets Guinness Record With Cayenne S Diesel and Airbus A380
Cayenne Wins Heaviest Aircraft Pull by a Production Car
Porsche set a world record recently, but it wasn’t for quick lap times or expensive optional extras, as you might expect. No, t he company instead took the cake for Guinness World Records’ Heaviest Aircraft Pull by a Production Car, hitching a 628,000-pound Air France–liveried Airbus A380 jet to a showroom-stock Porsche Cayenne S Diesel.
The Cayenne S Diesel pulled the world’s largest passenger aircraft a total of 42 meters before a Cayenne Turbo S did the same deed. Both were unmodified, from their tires to their factory-equipped towbars. Porsche GB Technician Richard Payne was behind the wheel for the record-breaking run, and he and the team drove the Cayenne from London to the Air France hangar at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport and back again without any issues. Porsche claims the Cayenne was undamaged by the heavy load.
“We don’t usually go this far to test the limits of our cars, but I think today we got pretty close,” Payne says. “I could tell it was working hard, but the Cayenne didn’t complain and just got on with it. My mirrors were quite full of Airbus, which was interesting.”
Porsche isn’t the only automaker to torture-test its vehicles under unusual circumstances. In October 2012, Toyota volunteered a bone-stock Tundra CrewMax pickup to tug the space shuttle Endeavour across the Manchester Boulevard Bridge, giving the shuttle’s overland transporters a little break on the shuttle’s two-day trip to the California Science Center. The Tundra stunt wasn’t merely for publicity—the weight of Endeavour plus its transporters was too much for the bridge to handle.