Porsche’s mid-size luxury crossover sport utility vehicle, the Cayenne – in production since 2002 – has broken a 3 year Guinness World Record, previously held by the Nissan Patrol in hauling an Airbus A380 by 130 tons at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in France.
The record was set by Porsche’s Cayenne S, a 4.1-litre twin-turbo diesel V8 which produces 283kW and 850Nm of torque (290Nm’s more than the patrol) with the only modification to the Cayenne being an Air France tractor bar fitted onto the standard issue tow bar.
Speaking from the event Technician at Porsche Great Britain, 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. I could tell that it was working hard but the Cayenne didn’t complain and just got on with it”.
He went on to say “My mirrors were quite full of Airbus, which was interesting. Our cars can go a bit beyond what our customers might expect – they’re designed to be tough. But even so, what the Cayenne 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”.
Sharing the congratulations of the record breaking attempt, Richard said “Credit should go to the team in Stuttgart who developed the car – they did a thorough job. I’m also very grateful to Air France and its engineers for their generosity in allowing me to tow their beautiful aircraft”.