Airbus A380 needs towing? Give Porsche a call. In its latest PR exercise, the German carmaker has teamed up with Air France to tow the airliner’s A380 jumbo jet using its popular Cayenne SUV, in the process setting a world record.
The A380 is one of the largest aircrafts in the world, tipping the scales at 285 metric tons. Despite its mammoth size, the Cayenne was able to tow the jumbo jet for a distance of 42 meters at the Charles de Gaulle airport in France.
The feat was first accomplished using a Cayenne S Diesel equipped with a 4.1-litre twin-turbo diesel V8 producing 283kW and 850Nm torque. It was then repeated with a Cayenne Turbo S, which featured a 4.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol delivering 419kW and 750Nm of torque for good measure.
Both vehicles were entirely stock, except for a special attachment for the standard tow bar. And to prove that they were undamaged in the endeavour, both cars were driven back to London where they were originally driven from.
Hit the play button in the video below to watch the attempt.