Airplanes seem to be the default standard when automakers want to demonstrate the pulling power of a particular vehicle. Nissan has stuck with this yardstick in using its Patrol 4WD to pull a fully-laden Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane weighing 170.9 tons (155 tonnes) over 50 m (164 ft) to set a new Guinness World Record.
Nissan set the new “heaviest aircraft pulled by a production vehicle” record yesterday at Sharjah International Airport in Dubai, bettering the previous record that was set in 2006 when a Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI towed a Boeing 747 weighing 155 tons (140.6 tonnes).
The attempt came about as the result of the “Nissan Patrol Challenge” competition launched in 2012 that asked people in the Middle East to propose ideas to put the vehicle to the test. It is the second Guinness World Record set by Nissan in Dubai this year, with the company’s backlit indoor advertising sign at Dubai International Airport recognized as the world’s largest in February.
"Today Nissan celebrates another landmark day in the Middle East with its second Guinness World Record in eight months,” says Mr. Samir Cherfan, Managing Director, Nissan Middle-East. “When we began this project we encouraged the people of the Middle East to dream up the next and ultimate challenge for the Hero of All Terrain, Nissan Patrol. The overwhelming response has been the inspiration for today's historic events and we thank all who participated and His Excellency and the Sharjah International Airport for their priceless cooperation.”