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Last week, we brought you the photos and details of the VW Touareg V10 TDI that successfully towed a Boeing 747. Today, thanks to reader Alex, who sent us a link to video of the stunt as captured on Fifth Gear, you can watch the whole thing unfold. As interesting as it was to read the description and view the still photos, it's a lot more fun seeing it all really happen.

In other news, towing your boat with the Touareg V10 TDI won't present any problems...

Thanks again to Alex for the tip!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      #3 and #4, the plane was modified for Casino Royale. It was done up with a different cockpit bubble (longer and more forward leaning than the real 747, but apparently not for the Touareg pull) and had its two inner engines replaced with dual engine clusters while the outers were replaced with fuel tanks to be the "new Sky Fleet plane." Both the dual engine clusters and the fuel tanks are fake.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #50 (J P): "how many horsepower do those little 747-pulling airport truck things have?"

      According to Autoblog: "The plane used for the stunt was a decommissioned Boeing 747-200 that weighs 155 tons."

      According to a pushback tractor manufacturer:
      "DC6-44 tractors are specifically designed for pushback and towing operations [of] aircraft up to 150 tonnes [165 tons] maximum ramp weight... diesel engine rated at 93 kW (125 bhp)"

      In other words, the Touareg did what a 125-bhp tractor can do on a regular basis. Or, for that matter, what a single man has done 9 years ago. Which is why the VW stunt has done nothing to show the power of the Touareg, and everything to show VW and Fifth Gear's lack of respect for the TV viewers' intelligence.

      Sources:
      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/11/22/touareg-v10-tdi-tows-a-747/
      http://www.douglas-tugmaster.co.uk/uploads/prd4517ee4cf07585.pdf
      http://www.metric-conversions.org/weight/tonnes-to-ton.htm
      http://www.taylormade.com.au/billspages/conversion_table.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      The synicism in this thread is well placed. The heaviest part of any aircraft is the engine. A real 747 has four huge engines. As already pointed out this is a mock up concept aircraft with, among other things, dummy engine pods! I have to admit I'm not sure of the figures, and I really cant be bothered looking them up. But all the fake parts on this aircraft could make be just 2/3 the weight of a genuine 747! I can think of half a dozen other large 4x4s that could probably do exactly the same thing! Not impressed 5th gear, not impressed at all!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Torque is not work.
      The integral of torque through an angular displacement is work.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have said it before, and I will say it again verbatim:

      "Many of you, in the pro-VW camp, have purposely chosen to ignore one very simple fact. That with all its wonderful technology, a VW SUV was able to pull the same load a single man did nine years ago. And here I thought someone mentioned that the Touareg V10 TDI has a power output of 310 horsepower, not one manpower.

      So yeah, that publicity stunt was *real* impressive. A VW SUV with the same capability as David Huxley in a Flintstone-mobile."

      Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2006/11/22/touareg-v10-tdi-tows-a-747/3#c2790960
      • 8 Years Ago
      On other sites is written that total weight is 7.030 kg and there is balast about 4.000 kg only. What are correct numbers?
      • 8 Years Ago
      ["lb-ft??? Try a unit a little more common like the ft-lb, please."]

      Actually, most intelligent people (that conform to international standards) use the correct lb-ft (or newton-meters for those across the pond), as epp_b originally did. As he also correctly pointed out, the units are essentially interchangeable since the equation is roughly force x distance. But, again, international standards say force should come before distance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wait a minute- how many horsepower do those little 747-pulling airport truck things have?
      • 8 Years Ago
      And the even bigger question, since everyone loves flaming VW, is did VW even suggest this stunt, or did fifth gear, it seems to me fifth gear did it as one of their normally crazy show segments and vw just did a press release on it, the same as the self driving GTi, etc.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #3 bert -

      my guess was that configuration was to hold external fuel pods, but, that's just a guess.
      • 8 Years Ago
      epp_b - they are not interchangeable by any people other than retards.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #52 (holy_cow): "Yeah those airport tractors with their gearing and their specially tuned engines sure are used as passenger cars all the time."

      Sure. Diesel engines *specially* tuned to produce a whopping 125-bph. VW must be real proud of their SUV, which can pull the same load as these fire-breathing, One Hundred and Twenty-Five brake horsepower, *specially* tuned engines. Just as they are real proud their SUV can pull the same load a single man did years ago.

      Here's a friendly suggestion. Gather some substantive facts before you come back. If you want to come back. Because your scarcasm is meaningless, and your viewpoint unconvincing, without the facts on your side. Facts such as these:

      Fact #1: A single man towed a 747 years before the VW Touareg did.

      Fact #2: When towing a 747 over flat ground, one only has to overcome friction. It is less a test of strength, and more a testament of the low friction of the wheel bearings on the 747 landing gear.

      Fact #3: In the real world, the most challenging aspect of towing comes from climbing inclines. The VW stunt was conducted over flat ground, which rendered it irrelevant to the real world.
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