Toyota Tundra will tow the space shuttle Endeavour over the 405 Freeway

Article by Christian A., on October 9, 2012

In Toyota’s latest update about the task of towing the space shuttle Endeavour, the automaker said that the Tundra will be towing the Endeavour over the 405 freeway on October 12 on the Manchester Boulevard Bridge. The initial plan was for the Tundra to tow the space shuttle on Bill Robertson Lane nearer to the California Science Center near downtown Los Angeles.

Because of this change, the towing equipment also had to be revised for weight distribution purposes. In a previous post, Toyota said that the Tundra would tow the Endeavour for part of its journey to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be a part of the permanent exhibition. As mentioned previously, the Endeavour has a total weight of over 300,000 lb, with the specially-built trailer dolly.

It is around 30 times the factory-rated sustained towing capacity of the Tundra. Toyota said that it has tested the truck and is certain that it can handle the weight.

Toyota had released a video that demonstrates how it prepared the Tundra for this job. In place of the space shuttle, Toyota used huge concrete blocks to match the weight of the spacecraft. In the video, Toyota engineering consultant Greg Bryant discusses the preparations.

During the Chicago Auto Show in 2009, Toyota launched and introduced the 2010 Toyota Tundra, a full-size pickup truck that is powered by the company’s new 4.6L V8 engine. Two fresh packages are displayed such as the newly publicized Tundra Work Truck and the modern Toyota Tundra Platinum Package. The 2010 Toyota Tundra’s value has been increased significantly with the upgrades made on the truck’s exterior design as well as its safety and convenience features.

Powered by the innovative 4.6L V8 engine, the 2010 Toyota Tundra will run at 310 hp, 327 lb-ft. torque, and 15 mpg and 20 mpg fuel efficiency in the city and highway respectively. Basically, the V8 engine is set to provide the perfect blend of fuel economy and impressive power among all standard V8s in the class of full-size pickups. The 4.6L V8, as well as the optional 5.7L V8, will be coupled with 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Platinum Package for the 2010 Toyota Tundra Crewmax is made available for customers who desire for more convenience and comfort features as well as an improved sense of refinement. Some models can be built with the Flex Fuel powertrains and the 5.7L V8 engine. This exceptional package includes an assorted range of specifications and appointments that make the CrewMax Limited a total catch at the suggested retail price of $5,410.

On its exteriors, the Platinum Package also features a limited edition billet-style grille that is made with chrome bumpers, daytime lamps, special 20-inch alloy wheels, door sill protectors embellished with a Platinum logo, as well as Platinum badging.

The Platinum Package is marketed in four colors including Silver, Black, Salsa Red and Slate.

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