Porsche Cars Great Britain wanted to put their Cayenne model to the ultimate test of power and performance by attempting to break a Guinness World Records title.
They decided to take on a record held by competitor Nissan Patrol for the Heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car.
With a weight of 170.91 tonnes (376,792 lb) to beat, Porsche sought the help of Air France who offered to let the car manufacturer use one of their Airbus A380 aircrafts for the challenge.
The attempt took place at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France under the gaze of meticulous Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel.
Driving a completely standard Porsche Cayenne, GB technician Richard Payne needed to tow the 73m long aeroplane over a course measuring 100 ft (30.48 m) in order to break the record.
The car successfully hauled the aircraft out of its maintenance hangar, setting a staggering new record of 284 tonnes (626,112 lb).
Driver Richard Payne said:
It 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. What the car did today was remarkable: We drove the car here from London, and I plan to drive it home again having towed an A380 in between.
Judge Pravin also commented on the incredible achievement:
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. My congratulations go out to all those involved in achieving this remarkable feat.
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