Tesla Model X enters record books by towing a Boeing Airplane

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

Built with just 5000-lb rated capacity, Tesla's Model X is the only electric passenger vehicle with the highest towing capacity now offered in the market.

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

Why the Tesla and Qantas partnership? The two companies met on a Melbourne Airport taxiway for the challenge.

Although it's rated to tow 2500kg, the Model X managed to pull the 130-tonne airplane almost 300 metres.

In terms of weight, the Model X P100D tips the scales at 2,509kg, while the plane is a hefty 24,700 kg.

Now, Qantas did the stunt to promote their collaboration with Tesla and their rewards for Tesla owners, but it can't be denied that the Model X is a very capable vehicle and kudos to Tesla here because it's made something that stands apart from the crowd.

Cars are a common mode of transportation and the idea of these four-wheeled vehicles towing airplanes isn't new to the world. In an event in India, Tata Hexa pulled a 285-tonne Airbus A380 past year for 73 meters, which is highly impressive. Its dual electric motors generated a huge amount of torque (967 Nm), which helped it tow the Dreamliner to nearly 300 metres. It exceeds the tow rating of the Model X by about 48 times - not that that stopped the Tesla. After the news of Tesla planning to launch the Model 3 in India, many people booked the vehicle but the plan has been deferred for various reasons including the high import tax in the Indian auto market.