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A Porsche Cayenne Towed an Airbus A380 for the Guinness World Record

Porsche Cayenne A380
A Porsche Cayenne Diesel S and a Turbo S towed an Airbus A380. Recently, Porsche UK decided to set a new record for the Guinness World Record Book for towing an aeroplane with an SUV. For this record breaking event, a Porsche Cayenne S Diesel and a Turbo S were used. The aeroplane was an Air France double decker A380 weighting 285-tonnes!

You may remember a similar attempt by VW UK with a Touareg V10 diesel more than a decade ago. The Touareg V10 towed a Boeing 747 at the Top Gear racetrack. However, that plane had dummy engines and was ‘way lighter than the A380. This time, the Porsche Cayenne towed a fully fitted aeroplane.

Unlike the Touareg, the Cayenne does not have a low-range gearbox to increase the engine torque. The Touareg that was used had a low-range gearbox that multiplies the engine torque and makes it easier to tow heavy items such as an aeroplane.

However, the Cayenne had a different way of solving this problem. During the design stage of the Cayenne, Porsche eliminated the low-range gearbox. However, it didn’t do away with its towing ability. The first gear was designed to act like a low-range gearbox and multiply the engine torque for towing and tough off-road conditions.

Apparently, this strategy worked really well, and the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel and the Turbo S managed to tow the world’s largest passenger aeroplane, the Airbus A380. With this experience, we may see Porsche Cayennes towing airplanes on runways.

What does this mean for a driver? This shows that the Cayenne gearbox, the torque converter and the drive train are designed to cope with a heavy workload. We will never tow a 285-tonne item, but we know that the Cayenne’s drive train will not give up easily. Also, both the petrol and the diesel engines have proved that they can easily cope with high demand at low rpm levels.

Porsche Cayenne A380

Porsche Cayenne A380

Porsche Cayenne A380

Porsche Cayenne A380

Porsche Cayenne A380

Porsche Cayenne A380
Photo Credits | Porsche

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