The thought of a towing vehicle usually conjures up images of heavy and practical vehicles, generally a 4x4 or similar. A few outliers have decided to buck the trend by hitching up to cars which were intended for a different life.
A Canadian marketing company decided to take an innovative approach to advertising a new home improvement show by hitching a trailer to the back of a Lamborghini Gallardo and driving through the streets of Montreal. The stunt reportedly worked and managed to generate a lot of buzz in the Canadian city.
Mitsubishi Evo 7
The popular motoring show, Top Gear, decided to use a modified Mitsubishi Evo 7 to try and break the speed record for towing a caravan which stood at 129 MPH. The car suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure before reaching the goal and the team were unable to set a new world record. What they did manage to achieve, however, is to demonstrate that having a sports car doesn’t mean you can’t use it practically!
Porsche decided to create headlines with it’s new Panamera, by going for a lesser-known record. Opting to tow a trailer which contained a small tractor, Porsche managed to lap the Nurburgring in Germany quicker than any car previously. Despite technically being a four-door hatchback, Porsches aren’t generally considered towing vehicles even though they are apparently well suited for the task!
Ok, so perhaps not as exotic as the previous cars, however, the Prius has now been developed to such an extent whereby it can compete with other small cars in the towing department. The first generation of the car wasn’t capable of towing a light trailer let alone a caravan, however, the hybrid vehicle has been engineered to pull a total of 725kg.
A blast from the early 2000’s, this pin-up supercar from America was more suited to spirited driving than anything practical. One intrepid owner decided to hitch up an Abbey and go for a spin in a different effort to break the caravan towing world record. The driver was successful this time, and was quoted as saying one of the main hurdles he had to overcome was avoiding the numerous sheep and rabbits that kept running across the track!
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