A Toyota Tundra is to tow the space shuttle Endeavour on its last leg of journey to the California Science Centre. It is slated to tow the gigantic machine on October 13, 2012 and the Endeavour will be permanently displayed at the above mentioned venue.
Before Toyota Motor Sales USA (TMS) made the announcement, tests were done extensively on the Tundra to see if it is capable of pulling such heavy weight. The Endeavour will be pulled by a stock 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax ½ Ton pick-up which are identical to the ones being sold in Toyota dealerships across America and there are no modifications made to increase the towing capacity or to generate more power.
The Toyota Tundra is fitted with a powerful 5.7-litre V8 engine and it has a maximum tow capacity of 10,000 pounds (4535 kilograms). A specially developed dolly was made by The Sarens Group (a heavy lifting and engineering company) to haul the Endeavour.
Toyota currently has a Tundra displayed at the science centre and it demonstrates the physics of leverage and the tow Tundra will replace this existing Tundra after the event and will be on display after the Endeavour exhibit opens on the October 30, 2012.
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