Tesla Model X Sets New Record, Tows a Boeing 787

Tesla Model X Sets New Record, Tows a Boeing 787

Tesla Model X Sets New Record, Tows a Boeing 787

Cars towing airplanes isn't really out-of-the-box thinking. Well, until Tesla managed to. It towed a Boeing 747 over a decade ago (2006) and set a new record for other cars to break. Tata Motors' muscular SUV, Hexa was also seen towing a Boeing 737-800 in a video which surfaced online a year ago.

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This isn't the first time that the Tesla crossover has exhibited its impressive towing capabilities. The electric SUV drove into the history books for setting the very specific record of "heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle". On a remote taxiway at Melbourne Airport, a Tesla Model X P100D, with the greatest pulling power of any electric passenger vehicle, came face to face against the newest star of the Qantas fleet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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On Tuesday, Australian airline Qantas shared a video of the Tesla Model X P100D towing a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Melbourne airport.

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Talking about the Tesla Model X P100D's mechanical strength, the EV uses an electric motor with the maximum output of 1,072Nm of torque. The Model X towed the airplane for nearly 1,000 feet seemingly without breaking a sweat. In comparison, the VW Touareg V10 TDI has a torque rating of 750Nm, while the record-setting Porsche Cayenne S Diesel's V8 motor churns out 850Nm of peak torque.

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