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.
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