The Tesla Model X is officially rated to tow 5,000 pounds (2267 KG), but Qantas decided to go beyond that tiny figure and set itself a new Guinness World Record.
Also, keep in mind, Tesla Model X is the already the most highly rated passenger electric vehicle in terms of towing capacity. We’ve already seen a few videos of a Model X towing a semi-truck or other carriages, but a modern wide-body aircraft is something nobody expected.
Elon Musk’s electric car company shared a video of a Tesla Model X P100D towing a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Melbourne Airport in Australia. The minute-long video shows the electric SUV dragging the 287,000 pounds (130,000 KG) aircraft about 1,000 feet down the taxiway.
The stunt was part of a wider campaign around Qantas’ new work with Tesla, which involves offering high-powered chargers at its Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide facilities as well as offsetting miles for Tesla drivers that are also frequent flyer members.
Though this Tesla isn’t the first electric vehicle to pull an aircraft. Qantas has been using EV tugs in Canberra and Sydney under their Qantas Greenhouse Reduction Initiative. Though it is mind-boggling that a domestic purpose vehicle is able to pull off this level of performance. The Model X is also capable of hitting an actual high speed of 250 MPH (400 KMPH) and can accelerate from 0-100 in almost 3.2 seconds.
This is also the second time Tesla and Qantas have supported each other. Earlier in February 2017, a Boeing 737 and Tesla Model S raced for over 3 kilometres at Avalon airport.
With the Model X’s 9,500 Nm of wheel torque, it’s actually not that surprising albeit still an impressive use of the all-electric vehicle. In simpler words, the Model X is way more powerful than a conventional gasoline vehicle.
Earlier this year, Tesla released a video of the SUV hauling rail cars carrying 125 tons of debris. Adding another layer to the stunt, Musk said the debris was generated by his tunnelling firm, the Boring Company. Musk is known for eye-catching stunts like these that are easily relatable to people and print a lasting memory in everyone’s mind.