Nissan tows 170-tonne Ilyushin II-76 airplane

August 23, 2013 | By | In News, Video

Nissan has entered the Guinness Book of World Records after breaking the record for the heaviest aircraft to be pulled by a standard production car.

The impressive feat, which saw the unassuming 4×4 pull a 170.9 tonne cargo plane 50 metres, was conducted on the runway at the UAE’s Sharjah International Airport.

To set the record, the Patrol had to be completely unaltered from the version offered in showrooms, which – being the Middle East – is powered by a huge 5.6-litre V8 petrol engine, developing 400bhp and a whopping 560NM of pulling power.

The only modification allowed was a special towing hitch, designed to take the strain of the mammoth aircraft without simply snapping like a twig.

Given the huge forces at work, the Patrol calmly hauls the plane forward as if it was a caravan; the driver remaining relaxed thanks to the car’s seven-speed automatic transmission and variable four-wheel-drive system doing all the work for him.

Unfortunately the Nissan Patrol is no longer offered new in the UK. However, if you are despairing at the current crop of crossovers and compact SUVs and want something a bit more hardcore, you can browse our classifieds selection for a used example here.

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