Porsche AG which VW group owns partnered with Airbus and Air France (AF) and Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) to set a new Guinness world record.
Porsche Cayenne For Your Towing Needs
A Cayenne S Diesel was used to break the record for the “Heaviest aircraft pull by a production car”. Measuring at 4.8 meter (15.75 feet) in length, the Cayenne was able to pull the 73 meter (239.5 feet) Airbus A380 forward 42 meters (137.8 feet) at a special hanger inside the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The feat was especially impressive as the large aircraft weighed over 285 tonnes and the record was broken by a significant margin of 115 tonnes (47.8%).
Pravin Patel, Adjudicator, Guinness World Records: “I’ve verified some amazing record attempts during my time as a Guinness World Records adjudicator – watching a Porsche Cayenne tow one of the largest aircraft in the world definitely ranks as among the most spectacular. My congratulations go out to all those involved in achieving this remarkable feat.”
The Cayenne is the bigger of the two SUVs sold by Porsche currently (the other is Mayan). The model used in the world record breaking performance has 385 hp (Fuel consumption combined 8.2 – 8.0 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 215 – 209 g/km) and 850 Nm of torque. North American fans would be sad to know that this model has not been sold in the continent since 2015.
In Porsche’s news release, Richard Payne, a technician at Porsche GB: “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.”
Air France, a SkyTeam Airline Alliance founder, has a fleet of ten Airbus A380-800 in its long haul operations. These aircrafts are configured with four classes of service (La Première/First, Business, Premium Economy and Economy) totalling 516 seats. They are used mainly to high yield destinations such as New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Los Angeles and Washington DC.
The new record performance is a great showcase of the airline, its double-decker aircraft and the largest of the Paris area airports. Specifically, Twitter mentions for May 1 spiked from an average of ~2.4k to over 7k (~290% increase). The official video (shown below) has been seen over 67.5k times on Porsche AG’s official Vimeo account.
Gery Mortreux, Executive Vice President Air France Industries : “Like Porsche, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance thrive on excellence and pushing engineering boundaries. It was an honour to host Porsche at our hangar at Charles de Gaulle, which is usually home to our engineers working on our fleet of 10 Airbus A380 – one of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world. This achievement is a new illustration of the way AFI KLM E&M is able to adapt to specific requirements, and the passion we put on every challenge we take. It was fun and exciting to watch the two machines together – our engineers were intrigued and impressed. Congratulations to Porsche on a remarkable achievement.”
Porsche is no stranger to the airline industry. It is the brand of choice for both Delta Air Lines (News – November 2014) and Lufthansa AG to transfer their top elite members and selected premium passengers through the tarmac onto connecting flights at hub airports.
This story has been reported by many car, technology and airline outlets around the world. The record setting event has not been uploaded as widely on Air France and Charles De Gaulle Airport’s social media outlets accounts on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Given the unique nature of the experience, Air France and Porsche AG should consider a more extensive cross use arrangement of source material to create a longer segment with more interviews, graphics and behind the scenes footage. The end product could be used as part of a bigger promotion between both companies (e.g. discounts, benefit integration, travel services).
Air France could show this segment as an exclusive on board its aircrafts with in-flight entertainment systems, its website/social media outlets and at its airport lounges worldwide. Charles de Gaulle Airport can set up an interactive display for passengers to enjoy how the record was broken. This one of a kind experience (News – November 2015) is playing a more important in attracting passengers as part of choosing an airline or airport in their travel plans.