Nissan tows its way into the record books

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Nissan tows its way into the record books

Nissan has set a new Guinness World Record for towing the heaviest airplane in the world with a standard production vehicle.

The vehicle in question was a mighty Nissan Patrol that – due to it being reserved for Middle East and American markets - features an equally monstrous 5.6-litre V8 engine that develops 400bhp and 560Nm torque.

The all-wheel-drive system means the accomplished off-road vehicle can happily transfer all of that pulling power to the Tarmac and, coupled with a specially fabricated towing hitch, it could easily pull the fully laden, 170-tonne Ilyushin II-76 cargo plane along the runway.

The patrol managed to drag the plane 50 metres (164 feet) which earned the Japanese marque a place in the records books.

The video below doesn't really show the record in progress but it does provide a nice, glossy overview of the event. And put into perspective the size of the plane compared to the comparatively miniscule Patrol.