Watch Tesla’s Model X Tow A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Tesla has managed to set a new Guinness World Record, as the heaviest tow by a production passenger EV, after pulling a Boeing 787-9 on the tarmac for 300 meters (984 feet).

The succesfull attempt took place earlier today, in Melbourne, Australia, and was acknowledged by Guinness World Record.

Owned by Qantas Airlines, the passenger plane weighs 130 tons (286,600lbs), unloaded and with minimal fuel in the tanks, which is way beyond the electric crossover’s official towing capacity of 2.5 tons (5,112lbs).

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“Never has a passenger airliner been hitched to an electric passenger vehicle for towing. Well, at least until today”, wrote Qantas. “On a remote taxiway at Melbourne Airport, a Tesla Model X P100D, with the greatest pulling power of any electric passenger vehicle, came face to face against the newest star of the Qantas fleet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.”

Just for the fun of it, Qantas compared the Boeing 787-9 and the Tesla Model X, side by side, revealing that the plane has 236 seats, and the vehicle can accommodate between 5 and 7 passengers. The Boeing has a total range of up to 14,500km (9,010mi), whereas the EV can be driven for as much as 565km (351mi) in between charges.

This isn’t the first time that Elon Musk’s company meets the Australian national carrier, as two years ago, Tesla and Qantas organized a drag race between a Model S P90D and a Boeing 737. The short run was the highlight of a partnership between the two companies and culminated with the plane taking off.


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  • xDRAN0x

    I can probably tow this plane on neutral with my chest hair. Not impressed

    • Dr Strangefingger

      Jack Lelanne did this with one arm back in the day.

      • john1168

        I think Chuck did it with his beard. LOL

      • rodriguez256

        Chuck could probably make it fly with a fart.

  • TrevP

    Impressive. Considering its tow rating isn’t even enough for a boat.

    • Jay

      I’ve started to consider other AWD vehicles can do these pulls too, it’s just that people haven’t even tried. These folks just were experimenting and said hey it works so I’m no longer impressed until they compare it with another car.

      • Dr Strangefingger

        Yeah, they’re like riding lawn mowers.

  • Merc1

    Meanwhile people lying left and right with their autonomous driving crap.


  • Brent Morrison

    The car looks very dorky

  • Status

    I’ve watched videos of all kinds of cars pulling large aircraft on level surfaces. How is this one any different?

    • LWOAP

      Because it’s a Tesla and they need to drum up hype for a brand plagued with problems. Why do you think we see so many Tesla drag racing videos? They need every gimmick in the book to distract people from all the other problems going on.

  • ace_9

    Old Touareg can easily tow 747 (it was a movie prop weighting 155 tons, not a full 747). It is just a question of friction, not the actual weight.

    • This, but still that 747 is real and with full interior and the mock up engine is real one.


    Boring. I’ve seen other vehicles do the same. I’ve seen the space shuttle towed by a pickup truck and I’ve seen people tow planes using their own bodies. The only reason this is a story because it involves Tesla.

  • jaykit

    Which one catches on fire first?

    • john1168

      LMAO…. ouch!

  • Eagle By Singer

    I’ve seen videos of a man pulling along a 787, how’s this any different.

    • john1168

      It’s not. It’s just PR BS…

  • john1168

    OK… so the Tesla makes a great tug…

  • smartacus

    thank you!
    i was looking
    for that video!

  • smartacus

    i can see him getting pulled over:
    no officer, those are not truck-nuts
    those are my actual nuts.

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