Tesla breaks EV towing record


Cars are a common mode of transportation and the idea of these four-wheeled vehicles towing airplanes isn't new to the world. Well, until Tesla managed to. Given the massive coverage this event received, other auto brands soon entered the fray to dethrone the record set by the Touareg. In an event in India, Tata Hexa pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 past year for 73 meters, which is highly impressive.

Testing the torque on a Tesla Model X P100D, which has a road tow rated capacity of 2.5 tonnes, pulled the 130 tonne 787 (that's basically its unloaded weight with minimal fuel) nearly 300 metres to satisfy the folks at the world records book.

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This is not the first time an electric vehicle has moved a Qantas aircraft. With this, Tesla has set a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest tow (130 tonnes) done by a production electric vehicle. The Model X towed the empty aircraft for about 300 metres creating the world record.

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Talking about the Tesla Model X P100D's mechanical strength, the EV uses an electric motor with the maximum output of 1,072Nm of torque. But the Tesla was the first electric passenger auto to achieve this feat. In comparison, the VW Touareg V10 TDI has a torque rating of 750Nm, while the record-setting Porsche Cayenne S Diesel's V8 motor churns out 850Nm of peak torque.

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