This is not the first time an attempt to pull an aircraft using a car has been made. However, the plane in question here is an Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft and the car in question is the Porsche Cayenne taking on the 'heaviest aircraft pull by a production car' record. The Cayenne S Diesel pulled a 285-tonne Air France Airbus A380, breaking the previous Guinness World Record by 115 tonnes.
The reason why this feat is grabbing eyeballs, besides the fact that the aircraft is 100 times heavier than the car, is that it is a standard Cayenne. No modifications, whatsoever.
The record attempt was thought of by Porsche GB technician Richard Payne. Considering the Cayenne’s engine, gearbox and chassis structure, Payne decided that the car was capable of pulling the weight of an Airbus A380. After a call to Air France, which they presumably took with a warm welcome, the feat was organised for.
The Cayenne's 385 hp and 850 Nm of torque got to work and towed the aircraft across 42 metres at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, elevating itself and Richie Payne into the record books. The feat went so well, it was decided that the exercise would be carried out again using a less torquey petrol Cayenne Turbo S.
The adjudicator from Guinness World Records, Pravin Patel, had this to say: “I’ve verified some amazing record attempts during my time, but watching a Porsche Cayenne tow one of the largest aircraft in the world definitely ranks as among the most spectacular.”