• Now That’s What I Call Torque: Watch This Tesla Model X Pull a 150-Ton Jet [Video]

    Tesla propels its Model X into the record books by towing a jet 1,000 feet on an Australian runway

    Normally, Tesla rates the Model X to tow 5,500 pounds. That’s pretty healthy for an SUV – especially one of the electric variety – but apparently it’s capable of pulling more. A lot more. Here, we see a Tesla Model X pulling a jet. Not just any jet, though – a 287,000 pound Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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    The Tesla Model X is normally rated to tow up to 5,500 pounds. [Photo: Tesla]
    The Qantas plane and Model X paired up in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle.” Judging by what’s in the video above, I’d say they succeeded. The airline uses electric tugs to pull its aircraft around, so using a Tesla isn’t too far of a stretch. In its most powerful P100D guise, the Tesla Model X produces 518 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque. It can hit 60 in 3.1 seconds and haul its 5,400-pound mass up to a 155 mph top speed.

    Speaking of speed, this isn’t the first time Tesla and Qantas have paired up either. In 2016, the airline took on a Tesla Model S against a jet in a straight-line race. How did that turn out? Find out in the video below. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more news, views, and real-world reviews!


    Zach Butler
    Zach Butler
    Zach is a writer and Managing Editor for TFLcar. He has held a lifelong passion for cars, with a particular interest in hot hatchbacks and off-road rigs. Born and raised in Colorado, Zach holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Colorado State University, and is based in Boulder, Colorado.