VW Touareg tows a 747

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I just spotted this on autoexpress...

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/203948/volkswagen_touareg.html

As it was done at Dunsfold, it may appear on TG, though it isn't mentioned in the article.

I must admit it's a good effort, even though it was loaded up with 4,3 tonnes of ballast, they said it was a standard car.

I'm not sure it was completely standard though, in the picture it looks remarkably level so I rekon the springs have been changed. Also I don't think the Touareg comes with a low range box, so maybe the gearbox or at least the clutch have been uprated too.

At least someone seems to have found a use for the 747 we keep seeing on the runway :cool:
 

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initially it looks awesome. But many many cars can do this if they have the proper gearing and towing equipment
 

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All that ballast is cheating. At that weight, the Toureg is basically just an aircraft tug. That's the second time this week that plane has shown up on the forums.:cool:
 

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Big deal, I've seen a Russian guy do the exact same thing with his nipples.
 

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Big deal, I've seen a Russian guy do the exact same thing with his nipples.
An australian named David Huxley pulled a heavyer 747-400 in 1996, so Touareg V10 TDi owner can now go to bed assured that their car is almost as strong as a big aussie bloke... :lmao:
 

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All that ballast is cheating. At that weight, the Toureg is basically just an aircraft tug. That's the second time this week that plane has shown up on the forums.:cool:

but wouldn't it still need all that torque to tow a Plane?
 

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traction. the touareg was much too light to get the 747 rolling.....the wheels would just have spun without being pushed down on the road
 

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Hmmm. To be fair....I think that relies on a lot a assumed ignorance on VWs Press Office. It really isn't that hard to move a plane. The world record for the heaviest aircraft pulled by A MAN is 187 tonnes.

You can calculate the rolling resistance of a 747 using:

F=C*N

F=Resistive force
C=Rolling resistance coefficient
N=Normal force (Total mass divided by number of wheels)

A 747 200 has 18 wheels so N=190,000/18 = 10,555 kg per wheel

Now a car tyre on concrete has a C value of around 0.01-0.015. Let's play it safe though as it was wet and suggest that an aircraft tyre on wet concrete is 0.05 which is a massively high resistance.

0.05*10555=520N

Now....I know you're saying...hang on a tick...that's quite close considering the Touareg only produces around 700Nm torque, but even with just a standard transaxel you're seeing over 2000Nm at the wheels and that doesn't even take into account the product of the gears or torque converter. This is indeed I imagine where the 'theoretic towing capacity of 200 tonnes' comes from. With that kind of torque output you could literally move 200 tonnes which is a simply massive amount. That would probably be like towing the plane along the runway on it's belly!

IMO...someone in the PR department said...I know...let's tow something huge with a Touareg and to make it look really impressive they thought they'd make it sound really hard to do!
 

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but wouldn't it still need all that torque to tow a Plane?
Well yeah, obviously. But all that ballast changed the characteristics of the VW so much that it's kind of a false representation of the vehicle's abilities. (The ad would read something like "The Touareg can tow a 747"...well yeah, but it wasn't really a 'normal' Touareg) Yet this is a fact I'll keep in mind if I ever need to tow something: more weight in the towing vehicle is a good thing.
 

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Heh, not bad. But it does take the air out of it, knowing that a man can pull one. :p

I always wondered, why that 747 has two sets of two engines, as opposed to four engines by itself? I remember seeing it throughout the past couple series, where it went from engines->no engines->B-52 style engines :D
 

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what was the purpose of the ballast?
My uncle works at an airport. Part of his job is working as a mechanic on the pushbacks (the big ass tractors that push the planes away from the terminal).

The older models weighed 10,000lbs (5 tons) without a motor or transmission. The new models weigh close to 70 tons. That's as much as a tank. They build the body out of 4 inch thick solid steel. All the weight helps with traction against the 200 ton airplane and against the jet engines idleing.
 

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I'm not sure it was completely standard though, in the picture it looks remarkably level so I rekon the springs have been changed. Also I don't think the Touareg comes with a low range box, so maybe the gearbox or at least the clutch have been uprated too.

doesn't the touareg have air suspension that would level itself?
 

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It can tow a 747, but for some reason the damn check engine light won't go off! (usual VW reliability)
 
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