Porsche Cayenne, driven by Porsche GB service technician Richard Payne, pulled the airplane over a range of 42-metres at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, to establish a new Guinness World Records title concerning heaviest aircraft pull by a production car, by a margin of 115-tonnes.
Air France dedicated its modern engineering hangar and one of its fleet of 10 A380 airplane to the task. The 60,000 square metre hangar, which is huge enough to home over 3,000 examples of the Cayenne (or one very big airplane), was designed particularly to house the Air France Airbus A380 and is generally the home of all the engineering and maintenance activity for the Air France fleet. The contrast in between the two machines stood out. The Porsche Cayenne (about 4.8-metres in length) was connected to the most sophisticated and biggest guest aircraft on the planet, the Airplane A380 (73-metres) through a special towing attachment that rested on the Cayenne’s basic tow bar.
Payne: “Our vehicles can go a bit beyond what our clients might expect”.
The Guinness World Records title was established by a Cayenne S Diesel, creating 385 hp and 850 Nm of torque. The exercise was then duplicated utilizing a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.
Richard Payne stated, “It did it– I’m so relieved! We don’t normally go this far to test the limits of our vehicles but I think today we got pretty close. I could inform that it was working hard however the Cayenne didn’t complain and just got on with it. My mirrors were rather loaded with Jet, which was interesting. Our vehicles can go a bit beyond what our customers may expect– they’re developed to be difficult. But what the Cayenne did today was amazing– we drove the vehicle here from London– and I plan to drive it home again, having pulled an A380 in between. Credit should go to the group in Stuttgart who made the vehicle– they did an extensive job. I’m likewise extremely grateful to Air France and its engineers for their kindness in enabling me to tow their stunning aircraft.”
Gery Mortreux, Executive Vice President Air France Industries, stated “Like Porsche, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance grow on excellence and pushing engineering limits. It was an honor to host Porsche at our hangar located at Charles de Gaulle, which is typically home to our engineers working on our fleet of 10 Airbus A380– one of the most advanced aircraft worldwide. This accomplishment is a new illustration of the way AFI KLM E&M is able to adapt to particular requirements, and the enthusiasm we put on every difficulty we take. It was fun and interesting to view the two machines together– our engineers were fascinated and impressed. Congratulations to Porsche on an impressive accomplishment.”
Pravin Patel, Adjudicator, Guinness World Records informed, “I’ve confirmed some remarkable record attempts throughout my time as a Guinness World Records adjudicator– viewing a Porsche Cayenne tow one of the largest airplane worldwide certainly ranks as among the most incredible. My congratulations go out to all those associated with accomplishing this amazing feat.”