Tesla just got a Guinness World Record, because their Model X SUV can apparently tow an airplane. They set the record for “heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle.” The Tesla Model X towed a 287,000-pound Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner about 1,000 feet along a taxiway at Melbourne’s Airport in Australia.
This isn’t the first time Qantas Airways, who owns the Dreamliner, and Tesla have joined forces. Their 2016 video of a Qantas Boeing 737-800 aircraft racing a Tesla Model S P90D went viral.
This video below is all part of Qantas and Tesla bringing awareness to their new rewards for Tesla owners, which include:
- There will now be Tesla charging stations at Qantas facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide so Model S and Model X owners can charge while they fly
- Frequent Flyer members who also own Teslas will enjoy their mileage offset in their Tesla cars as well as in the air for June with the Qantas’ Future Planet Program
SUVs generally top out at a towing capacity of 5,500 pounds, so while this is quite an impressive accomplishment coming from Tesla, I still wouldn’t ever buy one. I’m patiently going to wait for Porsche to give me a Cayenne S that’s entirely electric, not that hybrid bs. Team Porsche all the way.