New Tundra to Max-Tow Space Shuttle Endeavour To Final Resting Place

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The following is a press release that just came over the web about a new Tundra towing almost 300,000 pounds of NASA space shuttle. If you want to open a larger version of the shuttle and Tundra lineart, view the photo here

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) announced today that the Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck is slated to tow the space shuttle Endeavour during its final journey to the California Science Center on October 13, 2012, where it will go on permanent display.   The Endeavour will travel a total of 12 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on city streets to the Science Center, with the Tundra towing the last quarter mile.  

Tested extensively prior to the announcement, the 2012 Tundra is slated to safely tow the 300,000 pound historic artifact down Bill Robertson Lane in Exposition Park, near downtown Los Angeles, on the final leg of its journey.  Endeavour will be towed using a stock 2012 Tundra CrewMax 1/2-ton pickup, identical to models currently found in Toyota dealerships, with no additional modifications made to increase towing capacity or generate more power.  The Tundra CrewMax is equipped with Toyota's powerful 5.7L V8 engine, producing a maximum tow capacity of 10,000 lbs.  TMS 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.

"There is no larger or more recognizable icon of the U.S. space program's success than the shuttle, and to have it towed by the Toyota Tundra is not only an incredible example of the capabilities of the truck, but an honor to be part of history," said Ed Laukes, TMS vice president of marketing communications.  "The entire journey is something the world will be watching, and gives us a chance to prove that the 'overbuilt' Tundra is built to do any job - even tow the space shuttle."

Participation in the transportation of the shuttle is part of an ongoing partnership between TMS and the Science Center in an effort to provide support and awareness of the space program and continuing education of the public through exhibits and programs.  Toyota currently has a Tundra truck on display in a Science Center exhibit demonstrating the physics of leverage. The tow Tundra will replace the existing Tundra and will be on display after the Endeavour exhibit opens on October 30, 2012.

At the end of the Endeavour's 12 mile journey from LAX to the Science Center, a "finish-line" celebration at Exposition Park is planned for the evening of October 13, as the shuttle arrives at the Science Center, allowing the public to witness the finale of this historic voyage.

The tow program was developed in partnership with Saatchi & Saatchi LA (SSLA), the agency of record for TMS, and the Science Center, and serves as a unique way to demonstrate Tundra's capabilities and towing capacity.  In collaboration with SSLA and Science Center, TMS has developed a host of online resources and activities that provide behind-the-scenes videos, photos, activities for children and information about the Tundra Endeavour project and can be found at beginning September 17th.  Visitors can share content, sign up for email alerts and participate in re-Tweeting information that will help contribute money to the California Science Center for further development of exhibits and displays.

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This is just unAmerican. Of course the Tundra can tow the shuttle. After all, it's all engineered and has special dollies for this tow. Besides, it's probably downhill.

@GoFaster58: Well, the Tundra better have some damn good brakes then! Oh wait, that's right, it does and as a matter of fact the Tundra's disc brakes are larger than those found on the Super Duty.

What is un-American? The answer: IGNORANCE

And just for all you Tundra haters:

@Rich: Yes, I heard that LA is going to take down trees. But, you should have also stated that they are going to replace them once the move is done.

We all know a Tundra can do it they tested it

@5.3L LOL- Thanks for the laugh I needed that.

To all who argue about beefed up suspensions, ,,,blah blah blah. Any vehicle towing Endeavour would need to use some sort of a dolly. Also, as mentioned about half way into the second patragragh ... "Endeavour will be towed using a stock 2012 Tundra CrewMax 1/2-ton pickup, identical to models currently found in Toyota dealerships, with no additional modifications made to increase towing capacity or generate more power". They are not even throwing in the supercharger for this PR moment

Ford850 hit the nail on the head--of course this is a marketing stunt--and a brilliant one.

It is too bad that Toyota complies with SAE J2807--then they could claim the Tundra can tow 300,000lbs--it would have as much basis as the unknown standards that everyone else is using... .

Joe's mad, They picked Toyota, get over it bro

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Wow! All the mis-information here. Yes Toyota is owned by Japan and made in the US. GM, Ford and Dodge all use japanese parts and electronis in their vehicles. And, Don't think the space shuttle doesn't have foreign (japanese) electronics in it somewhere. There seems to be three types of people posting here. 1. Tundra owners who know first hand what the truck will do. 2. Toyota haters who speak from ignorance instead of experience. and 3. Union thugs who work for the "big 3" and can't stand a better truck being built by non-union workers in American plants. "Can't we all just get along?" ha

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