Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Tesla Model X tows a Boeing 787, sets new Guinness record

Tesla Model X tows a Boeing 787, sets new Guinness record

Cars are a common mode of transportation and the idea of these four-wheeled vehicles towing airplanes isn't new to the world. Given the massive coverage this event received, other auto brands soon entered the fray to dethrone the record set by the Touareg.

On Tuesday, Australian airline Qantas shared a video of the Tesla Model X P100D towing a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Melbourne airport. Nissan managed to pull a gargantuan 170-tonne cargo plane to set a new record in 2013. 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.

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Built with just 5000-lb rated capacity, Tesla's Model X is the only electric passenger vehicle with the highest towing capacity now offered in the market. Tesla also set a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest tow (130 tonnes) by an electric production auto. Compared to other models, which have also pulled airplanes successfully in the past, such as Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayene S Diesel, the Tesla Model X P100D offers far more torque. The Tesla Model X P100D is powered by an electric motor that generates 1,072 Nm of peak torque, which is much higher than many luxury SUVs powered by the regular internal combustion engine.

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