The Y62 Nissan Patrol has claimed the Guiness world record for "heaviest object towed by a production car", towing a 170-tonne cargo plane a total of 50 metres at Sharjah International Airport in the UAE.
The record eclipses the previous one set in 2006, when a slightly modified Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI towed a 155-tonne 747 a distance of 150 metres.
Nissan doesn't mention exactly what configuration the Patrol was in for the record attempt, but with the previous record-holder needing seven tonnes of ballast and higher tyre pressures, we're assuming some changes were made to enhance traction.
The aircraft used in yesterday's record run was an Ilyushin IL-76 ex-Soviet military airlifter, whose total weight including fuel and cargo was just over 170 tonnes - approximately 62 times the kerb weight of a standard Y62 Patrol.
With 298kW and 560Nm from its 5.6 litre naturally-aspirated V8, the Y62 Patrol is certainly not short of pulling power. This latest entry in the Guiness Book of World Records is proof of that.
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