Wolfsburg: Wanna bet that a Touareg V10 TDI can tow a Boeing 747? A 155-ton jet? Never! Sure it can! This verbal exchange by two Volkswagen employees had consequences: A few months later a Volkswagen crew hooked up a new generation Touareg V10 TDI to a 747.
The certified result: The SUV pulled it off. But there is no rush of orders from airport operators wanting to replace their tow vehicles which weigh up to 70 tons with the significantly more economical Touareg.
This media release from Autonews website illustrates the essential weight and traction need for tow vehicles in towing heavy loads. There is an amazing ad on TV now recording the feat. The Touareg towed a Boeing 747 at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in England. The question raised by the VW crew was how powerful a modern, top range SUV with engine, four-wheel drive and chassis is.
To tow the big bird, the weight of the Volkswagen was increased. This is absolutely necessary so that the power of the engine can be converted into propelling force and applies in all towing situations. Traction slip is just rubber smoke.
So steel balls and steel plates were distributed in the SUV. Extra weight: 4,345 kg!
Total weight of the Touareg: 7,030 kilos. Weight distribution: 2,755 kilos in front, 4,275 kilos in back.
Volkswagen technician Uwe Krieghoff used the four-wheel drive control in LOW setting for reduced off-road speed.
50 percent of driving force was distributed to the front axle and 50 percent to the back. Krieghoff manually selected the second gear of the automatic transmission and accelerated slowly.
VW Touareg shows real tow power