Nissan breaks a world record with a giant, dancing falcon
Pop quiz: before today, how many cars were used in the largest ever synchronized car dance?
…Nope, it actually involved 143 motorists, and it was for a project called ‘Smiling with cars’ organised by Dubai Police in the United Arab Emirates back in December last year.
Fittingly, this former Guinness World Record has just been broken, again in Dubai, by Nissan.
The Japanese marque’s Middle Eastern arm used 180 examples of its Patrol SUV to create a giant dancing falcon – the national symbol of the UAE – measuring 225 metres in length and 176.5 metres in width.
The attempt took place at Dubai’s Rugby 7s stadium and was led by Zimbabwean driver Axyl Jeffries, a former GP2 and Indy Lights competitor. All 180 Patrols drove in two concentric lines around the outline of the ‘falcon’, covering a distance of just over 1,476 metres in the process.
This marks the third time the Nissan Patrol has broken a world record since the sixth generation was launched in 2010. In 2013 at Sharjah International Airport in the UAE, Nissan’s best-selling SUV in the Middle East towed an Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane weighing 170.9 tonnes over 50m to set its first world record, beating the previous best – a V10-powered Volkswagen Touareg at Dunsfold Aerodrome, London, in 2006 – across the same distance by just under 16 tonnes.
The second record was toppled just two years later in Jordan, when the Patrol became the fastest production car to scale a 100-metre sand dune in just 4.9 seconds.
If, like us, you’re wondering what Guinness World Record Nissan Middle East has its sights set on next, we can’t help but notice that, only last year, ‘Trophy Nissan’ set the benchmark for the ‘Largest parade of Nissan cars’ in Mesquite, Texas, with 250….