Tesla Model X Gets Into Guinness World Records: The Tesla Model X now holds the Guinness World Record for making the 'heaviest tow by an EV in mass production'. In a video shared by both Tesla and Qantas airlines on social media, the Midnight Silver Metallic Model X is seen pulling a Boeing passenger plane.
The Tesla Model X P100D pulled the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner jet at Melbourne airport, Australia. The Dreamliner is the latest addition to Qantas's fleet.
The publicity stunt was aimed at promoting Tesla's collaboration with Qantas, which mainly include:
- Special rewards for frequent flyers who are also Tesla owners
- Supplying Tesla High Power Wall Connectors to various locations in Australia
- Contributing towards innovation and sustainable development
Only very few SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Volkswagen Touareg and even the Tata Hexa have attempted to pull an aeroplane. While these SUVs are all powered by bigger or smaller internal combustion engines, the Tesla Model X is rather special with its electric powertrain.
You can check out a Tata Hexa pulling a plane, here.
This is a remarkable feat since electric motors tend to heat up a lot under heavy load. Or in other terms, electric motors might overheat if too much resistance acts on it.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with a weight of almost 135 tonnes, can act as the above said high resistance. However, the all-wheel-drive Tesla Model X P100D managed to gradually pull the flight to pace, without any hiccups.
The Tesla Model X's rated towing capacity is just around 2.3 tonnes.
The Tesla P100D is powered by a 100kWh battery and dual-electric motors; one for each axle. The front-axle motor makes 259bhp and 329Nm of torque while the rear unit makes 503bhp and 660Nm. This gives the P100D a 0-100km/h of just 2.9 seconds*. These performance figures are comparable to many supercars.
*Unlike a petrol or a diesel engine, torque is developed almost instantly in an electric motor. In an internal combustion engine, to attain maximum torque, the engine has to reach a certain rpm. In electric motors, the maximum torque is available even at zero rpm.
The Tesla Model X is currently sold globally in three variants: 75D, 100D and the P100D.
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Once again, Tesla has proved that EVs can be a good alternative to vehicles running on fossil fuels. While we do not like the idea of electric vehicles entirely replacing driver-focussed petrol/diesel cars, it is certain that EVs will be a major part of the automotive future.
Thoughts On Tesla Model X P100D's New Guinness World Record
It took only a short interval in recent times for EVs to get better recognition all over the world. One of the primary contributors to this is Tesla. It was only when Elon Musk started Tesla, people understood that electric cars can also be fast, fun and fascinating.
Now with the new Guinness World Record made by the Tesla Model X P100D, the EV segment has achieved an extra point on people's minds.