Space Shuttle Endeavour Will Be Towed To The California Science Center By A 2012 Toyota Tundra
In order to transport the space shuttle Endeavour the last quarter mile of its final journey, the 2012 Toyota Tundra will tow nearly 300,000 pounds.
Online PR News – 18-September-2012 –Earlier this month, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. announced that the 2012 Toyota Tundra is scheduled to tow the space shuttle Endeavour on the last leg of its final trip. The shuttle is being retired from service and will go on display in the California Science Center on October 13, 2012.
While Endeavour will be flown into Los Angeles International Airport and towed along nearly 12 miles of highway and interstate roads by a trailer, the 2012 Toyota Tundra will lead the 300,000 pound vessel along Bill Robertson Lane in Exposition Park near downtown L.A. The truck pulling this shuttle will be completely stock and unmodified in any way. A special dolly has been developed by Toyota and The Sarens Group in order to tow this massive space shuttle.
While a stock 2012 Toyota Tundra with the 5.7 liter V8 is rated at 380 horsepower and 401 lbs-ft of torque and with a towing capacity of 10,000 lbs, extensive testing has proven that it is really capable of pulling all 300,000 lbs of space shuttle and dolly for this last ¼ mile. Since the Tundra will not have to climb any inclines or deal with stopping from highway speeds, the actually pulling capacity is more than sufficient.
At the end of the space shuttle Endeavour’s final journey, there will be a “finish-line celebration” at Exposition Park. This party will be an opportunity for the public to watch the towing and check out the space shuttle.
The 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 1/2-ton pickup is known for being both capable and comfortable. With four, forward hinged doors and a cabin that easily accommodates four to six adults; this is the truck of choice for workers and for those who like extra room. Three different engines power this beast of a truck. A 4.0 liter V6 makes 270 horsepower and 278 lbs-ft of torque, the 4.6 liter V8 puts down 310 hp and 327 lbs-ft, while the most powerful, a 5.7 liter V8 produced 381 hp and 401 lbs-ft.
If you want to find out more about the Toyota Tundra or any of the other vehicles in our full lineup, stop by Cumberland Toyota in Cookeville, TN. Our friendly staff would love to show you around the lot and let you take a test drive if you are interested.
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Cumberland Toyota is located at 1540 Interstate Dr., Cookeville, TN 38501.
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