Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Here's A Tesla Towing A Qantas Dreamliner

Tesla Model X Tows Boeing Gets Guinness World Record 1 Here's A Tesla Towing A Qantas Dreamliner
Nellie Chapman | 16 May, 2018, 17:33

Cars towing airplanes isn't really out-of-the-box thinking.

The tow auto in the video is a Model X P100D, and the plane is the latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, carrying a "small amount of fuel on board" but no passengers. Nissan managed to pull a gargantuan 170-tonne cargo plane to set a new record in 2013. In an event in India, Tata Hexa pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 past year for 73 meters, which is highly impressive.

The video itself can be seen below. It's not the first time that we've used an electric vehicle has been used to tow a Qantas aircraft as the company has been using electric aircraft tugs at Sydney and Canberra and they're being used to reduce greenhouse emissions. The auto actually received a Guinness World Record for heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle. The pull was enough to earn a Guinness World Record for the heaviest tow by a production electric passenger vehicle. The Model X P100D managed to pull the giant aircraft nearly 300m.

Tesla Model X Tows Boeing Gets Guinness World Record

EVs are renowned for their massive torque figures and the fact that all this firepower is available at a tap of the accelerator, unlike conventional internal combustion engines.

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. That said, the VW Touareg V10 TDI is rated at 750Nm and the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel puts out 850Nm of top torque.