Once again, the unthinkable has been accomplished by Porsche. The Cayenne, driven by Porsche GB technician Richard Payne, towed the 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,’ by a margin of 115-tonnes.
Richard Payne, a technician at Porsche GB 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 today 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, which was interesting. Our cars can go a bit beyond what our customers might expect they’re designed to be tough. But even so, what the Cayenne did today was remarkable we drove the car here from London and I plan to drive it home again, having towed an A380 in between. Credit should go to the team in Stuttgart who developed the car they did a thorough job. I’m also very grateful to Air France and its engineers for their generosity in allowing me to tow their beautiful aircraft.”
The 60,000-square-meter hangar was designed specifically to house the Air France Airbus A380 and is usually home to all the engineering and maintenance activity for the Air France fleet. The contrast between the two machines was striking. The Porsche Cayenne was connected to the most sophisticated and largest passenger aircraft in the world, the Airbus A380 via a special towing attachment that sat on the Cayenne’s standard tow bar. The job given was completed successfully, and the Porsche Cayenne made its mark in the book of Guinness World Records.