Nissan Patrol becomes the new Guinness world record holder for the “heaviest object pulled by any production vehicle” after successfully towing a 170.9 ton cargo plane at Sharjah Airport in UAE. The Patrol hauled the plane for 50 meters, breaking the previous record by 15 tons.
The plane pulled by Nissan Patrol was a Ilyushin Il-76 with fuel, cargo and JT15D engine. Known as one of the world’s toughest cargo planes, designed to be able to deliver cargo and take-off and land to some of the world’s most extreme environments, the plane was a formidable rival for the Patrol. But the strength of Nissan’s torquey engine and all-wheel-drive system won the day for Patrol.
Nissan Patrol is one of the most popular SUVs in the Gulf countries. As a sort of thank you to the Sharjah Airport that hosted the event and lent them the plane, Nissan decided to share their accolade with them and Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of Civil Aviation of Sharjah.
Commenting on this iconic moment, Mr. Samir Cherfan, Managing Director, Nissan Middle-East said: “Today Nissan celebrates another landmark day in the Middle East with its second Guinness World Record in eight months. 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.”