Nissan Patrol breaks obscure Guinness World RecordMon, 26 Aug 2013
The Nissan Patrol, a cooler-looking version of the Infiniti QX80 with a Nissan front end, broke a Guinness World Record on Thursday at Sharjah International Airport in the UAE.
The nearly 3-ton truck pulled a 170.9-ton cargo plane for more than 164 feet (50 meters), breaking the previous record for “Heaviest aircraft pulled by any production vehicle” by 15 tons. The previous record was attributed to the Volkswagen Touareg that pulled a Boeing 747 at 155 tons.
The Nissan Patrol Challenge was launched last year, inviting residents of Middle Eastern countries to submit ideas for how to use the vehicle in creative ways. The grand prize was a trip to Japan.
The cargo plane towed by the Patrol was an Ilyushin Il-76, an airlifter first planned as a commercial freighter in 1967. It was designed for delivering heavy machinery to remote locations in the former USSR. It was fully fueled and loaded for the pull.
By Jake Lingeman