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Yesterday, Nissan teased us with a video showing a Patrol pulling up to a 170-ton cargo plane at an airport in the Middle East – we could only assume that the not-for-America sports utility vehicle would attempt to tow the jet.

Well, somebody leaked the official Nissan video, which indeed shows the Patrol successfully pulling the plane 30 meters for what reportedly is a Guinness world record. While Guinness hasn't confirmed the record on its website at time of writing, the 170-ton jet would be the heaviest plane ever towed by a production automobile. The video was taken down quickly, but another video shot by an observer at the event was posted for our enjoyment. We figured Nissan would move to repost the official video sooner rather than later, and it did.

The Patrol seems to have no problem towing 340,000 pounds, but let's just say it wasn't a quick ordeal. Check out the official and unofficial video of the tow below, as well as Nissan's teaser video. In a reversal of fortunes, we also threw in another, somewhat smaller but perhaps just as impressive vid, just for fun.

Note, this isn't the first time a passenger vehicle has towed a massive air-bound machine behind it. See here and here, and for another record-breaking tow record, click here.








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        BahamaTodd
        • 1 Year Ago
        Congratulations, they've accomplished the same feat as a bunch of midgets or an elephant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD2gr0AsrAQ
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BahamaTodd
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      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toytota needs to do this with a Prius. Not a 170 ton airplane, of course. But I would love to know what - if anything - it could successfully tow. Most big trucks are rated to tow like 8,000-10,000lbs. Then you see these commercials showing way more. And truck owners always scoff at hybrid owners that they can't tow anything. So if this little Nissan can actually pull a plane, what could a hybrid - running on the ICE of course - do?
        karman876
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        But there's a difference between pulling and towing.
        jz78817
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        you can pull a lot even with a tiny car so long as you don't plan on going very fast or very far. I mean, the tractors that airports use to push back passenger jets from the gate typically only have around 160 to 200 hp, they just have such low gearing that even with a 4-speed transmission they have a top unloaded speed of 15 mph. as it is, that Patrol basically can only move the plane at little more than a crawl, very likely to keep from overheating the transmission.
      Zipper346
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pfff! whatever! I could pull that thing with my lawn mower if it's geared low enough!
      BryanGx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear car company: If you want to impress me, show me your truck towing something heavy at 65 mph down the interstate, or even accelerating from 0 to 30 with traffic on a city street. Then I'll care. Ads like this are geared to macho urban cowboys who'll likely never tow anything heavy in their lives, but still want a truck that makes them THINK they can.
        flychinook
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryanGx
        The group you describe probably makes up the majority of pickup truck purchases. Just like how every suv ad shows the vehicle climbing mountains or driving through the forest, when they know darn well that most drivers aren't doing anything more than taking the family to ikea with it. Image sells.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      And still no one will buy a Japanese truck for real towing. Hauling around a hard hat and some plans doesn't make it a work truck.
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least it pulling a Ilyushin not the typical assortment of aircraft featured in videos like this. Good job.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        not only that officals was there and there was no cheating, the aircraft was load with fuel and cargo also.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oohh wow, now how about up a 30% grade? Oh, that's too much you say? Then it's not really significant is it? -.-
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bernard
        the plane was loaded with cargo and fuel, when the tundra pull the shuttle it had probably just had fuel but no cargo.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      there is a difference in attempt and set , nissan patrol did set the record, the record-setting event held at Sharjah International Airport saw an unmodified production Nissan Patrol haul a 170-ton cargo plane, with fuel and loaded cargo, for 100 meters, smashing the previous record by 15 tons.
      bubciak
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man pulling Air Force onehttp://youtu.be/XyhSnSnmA1A
      legioxiiicaesar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Brainwashing.........................
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow 400hp 413tq
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm I wonder if the Ferd 15,000 has to worry? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8P5vGcf-NU
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael
        The Ferd FteenThousand would carry that plane in the center console.
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