It set a new Guinness World Record in the process.
As publicity stunts demonstrating the prowess of an SUV go, a Porsche Cayenne towing a jumbo jet is difficult to top. However, such a feat has never been attempted by an EV – until now. Australian airliner Qantas hooked one of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners up to a Tesla Model X P100D, which then towed the plane for 300 meters down a taxiway at Avalon Airport in Melbourne. While the plane wasn’t loaded to its maximum take-off weight of 560,000 pounds, it was enough to set a very specific Guinness World Record.
Tesla can now say it has set a world record for the "heaviest tow by a production electric passenger vehicle," which probably won't be beaten for a long time. Unloaded and with minimal fuel, the aircraft weighs 286,600 pounds, far exceeding the electric crossover’s official towing capacity of 5,112 pounds.
It may not be the heaviest aircraft in the world and the stunt isn’t all that surprising considering how much instant torque the Model X generates, but it’s still an impressive achievement. If you’ve ever wondered how a Boeing 787-9 and Tesla Model X compares, Qantas revealed the plane has 236 seats, whereas the Model X can accommodate between five and seven passengers. The Boeing has a range of up to 9,010 miles, whereas the EV can be driven for up to 351 miles on a single charge. The publicity stunt was done to highlight Qantas’s relationship with Tesla, as the company uses Tesla wall chargers at four airports in Australia allowing Model S and Model X to charge their vehicles while traveling.