Air France devoted its state-of-the-art engineering hangar and one of its fleet of 10 Airbus A380 aircraft to the project. The 60,000 square meter hangar, which is large enough to house over 3,000 examples of the Cayenne (or one very big aircraft), was designed specifically to house the Air France Airbus A380 and is usually home to all the engineering and maintenance activity for the Air France fleet. The contrast between the two machines was striking. The Porsche Cayenne (measuring 4.8-metres in length) was connected to the most sophisticated and largest passenger aircraft in the world, the Airbus A380 (73-metres) via a special towing attachment that sat on the Cayenne’s standard tow bar.
A standard Porsche Cayenne Turbo S driven by Porsche GB technician Richard Payne, successfully towed an Air France Airbus A380 weighing 285-tonnes. The Cayenne towed the aircraft over a distance of 42-metres at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, to set a new Guinness World Records title for Heaviest aircraft pull by a production car, by a margin of 115-tonnes.
Powerful 375 horsepower diesel definitely proves the towing capability of the Porsche Cayenne, but we will strongly advise owners of this Porsche model not to try this at home.