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

Tesla Model X Qantas

The electric automaker teamed up with Qantas for a publicity stunt in which a Tesla Model X P100D pulled a 287,000-pound Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner almost 1,000 feet down the tarmac at the Melbourne Airport in Australia.

Qantas, an Austrailian airliner organised the stunt to highlight its partnership with the Electric Vehicle maker, Tesla. The auto actually received a Guinness World Record for heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle.

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Why the Tesla and Qantas partnership?

Now, Tesla and Qantas have teamed up for a more up-to-date take on the same stunt. The Model X P100D managed to pull the giant aircraft nearly 300m.

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The Model X successfully towed the 130 ton Dreamliner, surpassing its rated road tow weight of 2.5 tons. A fully charged Model X can go up to 465 km on a single charge. The Tesla Model X P100D's electric motor generates an impressive 1,072Nm of torque.

As you can probably imagine, the airplane weighs much more than the Model X and exceeds its towing capacity by quite a margin. In an event in India, Tata Hexa pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 past year for 73 meters, which is highly impressive. Use of electric vehicles could help the airline to cut down their emission cost on the runway. It exceeds the tow rating of the Model X by about 48 times - not that that stopped the Tesla.

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