Tundra to Tow Space Shuttle – Car Pro News

Toyota, in a publicity-stunt coup, has arranged to have one of its pickup trucks tow the space shuttle Endeavour through the streets of Los Angeles on the last leg of its journey to a museum.
Toyota says its full-size Tundra pickup truck will tow the retiring Endeavour on the final quarter-mile stretch on its way to permanent display at the California Science Center in Exposition Park, just south of downtown Los Angeles. The pickup will pull it down Bill Robertson Lane inside the park perimeter on Oct. 13 to a “finish line,” followed by a big party.
That job will only come after Endeavour had already been towed about 12 miles from Los Angeles International Airport to the area near the museum site. Preparations are already underway for the spectacle, including the cutting of 400 trees along the way.
Endeavour weighs 300,000 pounds, Toyota says. The automaker plans to use a Tundra CrewMax half-ton pickup with a hulking 5.7-liter V-8 engine. Normally, its maximum towing capacity is limited to 10,000 pounds.
Toyota says it has done extensive testing and worked with The Sarens Group, a heavy lifting and engineered transport company, to develop a dolly specifically for hauling the Endeavour.

1 Comment
  1. upswept 6 years ago

    It doesn’t matter if the toyota is assembled here or if it tows the space shuttle for 1/4 mile, it is STILL a japanese vehicle that takes American dollars and sends them to japan to support the japanese economy.

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