WATCH: Tesla Model X tows a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, sets new world record


The Tesla Model X SUV is strong enough to tow a Boeing 787 Dreamliner – and has set a new world record in the process.

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

The video shows the electric car dragging the 287,000lb airplane more than 1,000 feet down a runway.

The distance was enough for the Tesla to break a new Guiness World Record for the heaviest tow by an electric passenger vehicle.

The Dreamliner, which weighs around 565,000Ibs when carrying fuel, is much heavier than the recommend tow limit for the Model X, which is around 5,500Ibs.

While the 787 did have a small amount of fuel in the tank, it wasn’t carrying any passengers or cargo, Qantas confirmed.

The Australian airline commissioned the video as a publicity stunt to highlight its sustainability efforts – the firm uses electric tugs to two planes at some airports in Australia.

Earlier this year, the International Council on Clean Transportation criticised Qantas for its pollution record after it was found to pollute more than any other airline on trans-pacific flights.


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