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hgfontana 09-13-2012 04:29 PM

Stock Tundra CreMax will tow space shuttle Endeavor in LA to the final destination
 
TORRANCE, Calif. (September 12, 2012) – 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.

http://www.toyota.com/tundraendeavour/#landing


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Toyota says that the Tundra will tow the space shuttle the last quarter-mile to its final destination. This is a significant load for the Tundra to pull. Toyota uses some creative math and rounds the load the Tundra will drag down the road to 300,000 pounds. The precise weight of the load is actually about 7500 pounds less than that at 292,500 pounds.
The space shuttle weighs 150,000 pounds; the overland transporter weighs 27,500 pounds; beams weigh 44,500 pounds, bolster beams add another 13,500 pounds, and the dollies weigh 52,000 pounds. There’s an additional 5000 pounds of miscellaneous hardware. The Toyota vehicle that will pull the load is a 2012 Tundra CrewMax 1/2-ton truck with no modifications made to increase towing capacity or power output.
The vehicle has a 5.7 L V-8 engine and is rated for a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. That means the truck will be towing roughly 282,000 pounds over its maximum rated capacity. At least, it only has to go a quarter-mile towing the load.

TnRedNeck721 09-13-2012 04:33 PM

very cool!

Large 09-13-2012 04:39 PM

I think I'm gonna have to watch that..

fletch aka 09-13-2012 04:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hgfontana (Post 5687387)
Toyota says that the Tundra will tow the space shuttle the last quarter-mile to its final destination. This is a significant load for the Tundra to pull.

If they used the Tacoma they could have towed it the entire 12 miles! :taco:

1TUFFTRD 09-13-2012 04:47 PM

BAMF!

D44boy 09-13-2012 10:58 PM

i gotta see that!

Rich91710 09-13-2012 11:01 PM

Gonna void their warranty!

joes06tacoma 09-13-2012 11:02 PM

Huh?

Why?

What's the Toyota Tundra's role in the space program?

The semi tractor won't make it the last 1/4 mile?

:rolleyes:

tigerfan00 09-13-2012 11:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joes06tacoma (Post 5689518)
Huh?

Why?

What's the Toyota Tundra's role in the space program?

The semi tractor won't make it the last 1/4 mile?

:rolleyes:

Probably Toyota's way of saying

"look at what we can do"

Rich91710 09-13-2012 11:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joes06tacoma (Post 5689518)
Huh?

Why?

What's the Toyota Tundra's role in the space program?

The semi tractor won't make it the last 1/4 mile?

:rolleyes:

They probably have trucks from all of the manufacturers pulling it for a short distance at various places on the route.
Toyota just won the lottery (or was high bidder) to tow the final leg.

Gonna' suck for Toyota though... with Cry-sler being in line ahead of them, the shuttle might be a little late :D

joes06tacoma 09-13-2012 11:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rich91710 (Post 5689547)
They probably have trucks from all of the manufacturers pulling it for a short distance at various places on the route.
Toyota just won the lottery (or was high bidder) to tow the final leg.

Gonna' suck for Toyota though... with Cry-sler being in line ahead of them, the shuttle might be a little late :D

I hope this is the case.

I'm sure there is a trail of money here that will explain why a Japanese truck is involved in this stunt. Just think back to when the shuttle was designed and built.....Toyota didn't have a truck with over 120 HP for sale in this country at that time. And they were not built here in the USA either. :rolleyes:

Rich91710 09-13-2012 11:37 PM

25 million for the Science Center to prep the Shuttle and fly it here.

Ya... there's some corporate sponsorship there.

joes06tacoma 09-14-2012 11:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SingleCabGuy (Post 5689543)
What happens if the tundra develops tranny issues while hauling tho is all I'm wondering lol

They bring in a Dodge Ram with a Cummins.........and hope it's tranny doesn't fail too.:D

buzzard1992 09-14-2012 12:18 PM

That's pretty dang cool. The Tundra will probably have to pull the dodge and shuttle to where it's supposed to finish, then pull it to the end

easyeatlanta 09-14-2012 12:21 PM

can we watch this live anywhere and that will be awesome when this actually works just hope they dont have to stop quickly, or go downhill. or for that matter go over 5mph

Ahshiet 09-14-2012 12:27 PM

"hey guys look what we can do with our truck and it's ok!!! but don't offroad in your TRD offroad!" void warranty

golfpro510 09-14-2012 12:30 PM

Nice

easyeatlanta 09-14-2012 12:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ThatGuy18 (Post 5691778)
Having owned a Tundra with a supercharger, I wouldn't be surprised to see this truck self destruct when it starts.

please leave with your dodge

thanks
that is all

easyeatlanta 09-14-2012 12:42 PM

always confrontational very expected

easyeatlanta 09-14-2012 12:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SingleCabGuy (Post 5691801)
Dodge cummins are the shit and one of the best diesel trucks ever built.

That is all.

i said nothing against them. i did not say there were not "the shit".


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