PORSCHES are not known for being favourites of the caravanning community.
But, believe it or not, they could be now.
A Cayenne S Diesel has just broken the world record for towing a 285-tonne Air France Airbus 380 – breaking the previous Guinness World Record by 115 tonnes, apparently.
There is also an actual record called “heaviest aircraft pull by a production car”. That’s almost as shocking as a Porsche breaking it.
In all seriousness, it’s pretty impressive by Porker.
The A380 is 100 times heavier than the Cayenne and the SUV was a standard model.
So no gimmicks, just pure pulling power.
In other words, a Cayenne is a bit like George Best in his heyday.
The record was the idea of Porsche GB technician who clearly doesn’t have a girlfriend. He spent hours and hours calculating that the Cayenne could pull a plane.
Porsche then got Air France to lend them a A380 and then the 385bhp Cayenne got to tow the jet out of a hanger 42 metres at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport.
At least it saved having to queue and check-in which is an absolute pain at GDG.
Payne revealed: ““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.”
Pravin Patel judged the attempt for Guinness World Records and said: “I’ve verified some amazing record attempts during my time but watching a Porsche Cayenne tow one of the largest aircraft in the world definitely ranks as among the most spectacular.”
The upshot is now this summer sitting behind hundreds of Porsches towing caravans.
We’ll take an Airbus abroad instead…