Electric torque on display as Tesla Model X tows a Qantas Dreamliner

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Most petrolheads will remember the Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI, which created quite stir when it towed a Boeing 747, back in 2006.

Tesla just entered the Guinness World Record book. In fact, past year a video went viral showing a Tata Hexa towing a Boeing 737-800. Tesla made a decision to use a Model X P100D SUV to tow a Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner carrying a small amount of fuel but no passengers.

Monday was an exciting day for electric vehicles everywhere.

Built with just 5000-lb rated capacity, Tesla's Model X is the only electric passenger vehicle with the highest towing capacity now offered in the market.

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It's also not the first time that Qantas used an electric vehicle to tow one of their planes.

EVs are renowned for their massive torque figures and the fact that all this firepower is available at a tap of the accelerator, unlike conventional internal combustion engines.

Testing the torque on a Tesla Model X P100D, which has a road tow rated capacity of 2.5 tonnes, pulled the 130 tonne 787 (that's basically its unloaded weight with minimal fuel) nearly 300 metres to satisfy the folks at the world records book.

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