Standard production model or heavily modified clutch/gearbox and reinforced chassis?
23rd August, 2013 @ 1:13 a.m. (California Time)
Would have to be the latter- I suspect they'd have had to fit some kind of 'underdrive'.
Theoretically, if allowances are made for friction and air resistance, almost any road vehicle could tow almost anything on wheels if geared low enough. Not very fast though, not far, and not repeatedly.
23rd August, 2013 @ 3:43 a.m. (California Time)
I'm at a bit of a loss to understand exactly what this is supposed to prove. As long as the plane's tyres are fully inflated and it's running on tarmac, I would expect virtually any competent 4x4 worthy of the name, i.e. featuring a two speed transfer case, to accomplish this with relative ease.
23rd August, 2013 @ 6:20 a.m. (California Time)
My 79 Chevy half-ton with an automatic could do that. 50 average office workers could do that if you offered them the right incentive; a jelly doughnut and a plaque probably is not going to do it.
23rd August, 2013 @ 8:48 a.m. (California Time)
Good response Bergamot69.......Pathetic marketing ploy.... have you seen the little vehicles that push these planes in and out of gates? Have you seen the man that pulls a train with his teeth? This is absolutely ridiculous. So it's a record. Utterly useless. Next we will see EZ-G0 golf carts pulling a 747. It means nothing.
23rd August, 2013 @ 9:18 a.m. (California Time)
This is bullshit to sell the Patrol to the Arabs.
As others post, any vehicle or small tractor would do the job.
"there is no work done on a flat surface" elementary physics law
23rd August, 2013 @ 9:35 a.m. (California Time)
I find longevity more important than initial weight.
The Tundra Pulled 150 tons for 1320 feet.
Im sure it could pull 170 tons for 164 feet easy.
Plus none of these records are real life scenarios. Its like Phone benchmarks of the automotive world. Who cares.
23rd August, 2013 @ 10:35 a.m. (California Time)
Meh, Unimogs have been doing this for decades.
23rd August, 2013 @ 3:38 p.m. (California Time)
Nissan has been doing dumb stuff like this for the last decade, it started when they introduced that tiny little 3 litre diesel to hall a 3 ton behemoth. it was like driving with the park brake on. why don't they just offer a Cummins diesel version?
23rd August, 2013 @ 10:51 p.m. (California Time)
It's alright getting the Patrol to tow it, biggest problem is hoping the brakes are strong enough to stop both the patrol and the plane.
Once the plane is moving with parking brakes released it should keep going under it's own momentum causing the car very little stress.
I presume they had something there to stop the plane from rolling straight over the car.
I do like Nissan's though, they are good cars. Since I started driving we've had two Nissan Note's, very good and nicely designed cars, just a shame the new Nissan Note has ruined the a bit, my favourite Nissan has to be when my aunty had a J reg Nissan Primera many years ago, and second favourite had to be my 57 plate Note. We now have 60 plate Note, not quite as nice though as it had it's air conditioning unit changed which made it really confusing to use whilst driving, and also the new design does let a lot of draft in. The only let down we have with our cars which is quite ironic is the towing weight - which is only 750Kg on the 1.6 Automatic :(
24th August, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m. (California Time)
I think 'the new “heaviest aircraft pulled by a production vehicle” record' indicates it was a standard production model. So at least we wont see golf carts doing this in the near future.
24th August, 2013 @ 4:08 a.m. (California Time)
Yeah 1st gear, low range, 4x4, flat dry paved ground, not impressive. Try just a 20,000 (9,000 Kg) pound trailer going up the I-70 in Colorado and see if you can hit 60 mph (96 Km/h). The Chevy 6.6L V8 turbo diesel can do it. Anybody can pull in low range, 1st gear. What can you pull in 3rd or 4th (high range) going up a mountain, with the burden of high altitude (low air pressure), and a 5-7% grade incline?
24th August, 2013 @ 1:46 p.m. (California Time)
I pulled my Mitsubishi Delica, it has the same running gear. With a Nissan Micra, dead easy, no problems, I would be surprised if it couldn't pull that plane on a flat surface and little resistance.
25th August, 2013 @ 7:18 a.m. (California Time)
I can't see where an advertising stunt qualifies as a world's record since almost any four wheel drive vehicle of the same weight, geared low enough could do the same thing. Now if you want a good Middle East advertising ad, how about using a Nissan Patrol to drag the stone blocks up the face of a new pyramid? A "Ride fit for a Pharaoh".
25th August, 2013 @ 8:46 a.m. (California Time)
Your A/C Wt Numbers are way off! The very lightest B-747-100 "empty" weighs 179 tons! (358,000 lbs.) Larger versions which I personally flew for 11 years (B747-400) weigh up to 196.6 tons (393,263 lbs.) empty and 870,000 max T/O wt.
Check Spec Chart in Wiki! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_747
28th August, 2013 @ 8:40 p.m. (California Time)