A Telsa might be currently flying through space on its way to Mars, but in Melbourne today, Elon Musk’s electric vehicle produced another first when it set a Guinness World Record attempt, as the heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle, towing a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner along the tarmac.
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) almost 300 metres to satisfy the folks at the world records book.
As the airline points out – it’s not the first electric vehicle Qantas has used to tow an aircraft – they’re using EV tugs in Sydney and Canberra as part of the company’s greenhouse reduction program and the airline now has Tesla charging ports at its valet parking in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide .
It’s also not the first time Qantas and Tesla have faced off – two years ago a Boeing 737 and Tesla Model S P90D raced over 3km from a standing start at Avalon airport, and while the car grabbed a headstart in the acceleration stakes, the plane thankfully didn’t top out at the Tesla’s top speed of 250km/h top speed and rubbed it in by taking off.
You can watch that race here.
And here’s today’s effort.
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