Cars are a common mode of transportation and the idea of these four-wheeled vehicles towing airplanes isn’t new to the world. The latest carmaker to join the list of auto giants, that have managed to pull an airplane in the US based EV maker, Tesla. Tesla’s Model X P100D has pulled a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at a taxiway in Melbourne Airport during a publicity event by Australian aircraft carrier Qantas. Volkswagen Touerag V10 TDI was one of the few cars to tow an airplane. It towed a Boeing 747 over a decade ago (2006) and set a new record for other cars to break. Ever since that stint, a bunch of carmakers have attempted at surpassing the record and Nissan accomplished the goal by pulling a gargantuan 170-tonne cargo plane in 2013.
Joining the league, the popular German brand, Porsche beat the record with its Cayenne S Diesel that pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 for 73 meters in 2017. Tata Motors’ muscular SUV, Hexa was also seen towing a Boeing 737-800 in a video which surfaced online last year.
And now, Tesla Model X P100D has become the first production electric vehicle to tow a passenger aircraft, as claimed by Qantas. With this, Tesla has set a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest tow (130 tonnes) done by a production electric car.
Talking about the Tesla Model X P100D’s mechanical strength, the EV uses an electric motor with the maximum output of 1,072Nm of torque. Compared to other models, which have also pulled airplanes successfully in the past, such as Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayene S Diesel, the Tesla Model X P100D offers far more torque. That said, the VW Touareg V10 TDI is rated at 750Nm and the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel puts out 850Nm of top torque.