Don’t try this at home

A British driver has accelerated into the Guinness Book of Records by successfully towing a 285-tonne Airbus A380 superjumbo — the biggest passenger aeroplane on the planet — using a standard Porsche Cayenne sports utility vehicle (SUV).

The German 4WD , driven by Porsche GB technician Richard Payne, towed the giant Air France double-decker aircraft over a distance of 42 metres at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, to set a new Guinness World Records title for ‘‘heaviest aircraft pull by a production car’’.

It beat the previous record by a margin of 115 tonnes.

The new Guinness World Records title was set by a 252kmh Cayenne S Diesel, which has a 4.1-litre V8 engine producing 385hp of pulling power — the equivalent of about four Ford Fiestas. The exercise was then repeated using a 283kmh Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

A far cry from towing the standard caravan, trailer or horse box, the Porsche Cayenne was connected to the Airbus A380 via an attachment on the standard tow bar.

The giant passenger plane edged forward inch by inch behind it, then gradually picked up the pace as both car and aircraft gained in momentum.

Mr Payne, a technician at Porsche GB, who drove the record-breaking car 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 we got pretty close. I could tell that it was working hard but the Cayenne didn’t complain and just got on with it. My mirrors were quite full of Airbus.

“They’re designed to be tough. But even so, what the Cayenne did today was remarkable.

The project was carried out using one of Air France’s fleet of 10 A380 aircraft and the airline’s state-of-the-art engineering hangar. -Daily Mail

A British driver has accelerated into the Guinness Book of Records by successfully towing a 285-tonne Airbus A380 superjumbo — the biggest passenger aeroplane on the planet — using a standard Porsche Cayenne sports utility vehicle (SUV).

The German 4WD , driven by Porsche GB technician Richard Payne, towed the giant Air France double-decker aircraft over a distance of 42 metres at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, to set a new Guinness World Records title for ‘‘heaviest aircraft pull by a production car’’.

It beat the previous record by a margin of 115 tonnes.

The new Guinness World Records title was set by a 252kmh Cayenne S Diesel, which has a 4.1-litre V8 engine producing 385hp of pulling power — the equivalent of about four Ford Fiestas. The exercise was then repeated using a 283kmh Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

A far cry from towing the standard caravan, trailer or horse box, the Porsche Cayenne was connected to the Airbus A380 via an attachment on the standard tow bar.

The giant passenger plane edged forward inch by inch behind it, then gradually picked up the pace as both car and aircraft gained in momentum.

Mr Payne, a technician at Porsche GB, who drove the record-breaking car 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 we got pretty close. I could tell that it was working hard but the Cayenne didn’t complain and just got on with it. My mirrors were quite full of Airbus.

“They’re designed to be tough. But even so, what the Cayenne did today was remarkable.

The project was carried out using one of Air France’s fleet of 10 A380 aircraft and the airline’s state-of-the-art engineering hangar. -Daily Mail

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