Earlier this month, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. announced that the 2012 Toyota Tundra is scheduled to tow the space shuttle Endeavour on the last leg of its final trip. The shuttle is being retired from service and will go on display in the California Science Center on October 13, 2012.
While Endeavour will be flown into Los Angeles International Airport and towed along nearly 12 miles of highway and interstate roads by a trailer, the 2012 Toyota Tundra will lead the 300,000 pound vessel along Bill Robertson Lane in Exposition Park near downtown L.A. The truck pulling this shuttle will be completely stock and unmodified in any way. A special dolly has been developed by Toyota and The Sarens Group in order to tow this massive space shuttle.
While a stock 2012 Toyota Tundra with the 5.7 liter V8 is rated at 380 horsepower and 401 lbs-ft of torque and with a towing capacity of 10,000 lbs, extensive testing has proven that it is really capable of pulling all 300,000 lbs of space shuttle and dolly for this last mile. Since the Tundra will not have to climb any inclines or deal with stopping from highway speeds, the actually pulling capacity is more than sufficient.
At the end of the space shuttle Endeavours final journey, there will be a finish-line celebration at Exposition Park. This party will be an opportunity for the public to watch the towing and check out the space shuttle.
The 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 1/2-ton pickup is known for being both capable and comfortable. With four, forward hinged doors and a cabin that easily accommodates four to six adults;
this is the truck of choice for workers who need extra space for all their gear and for those who simply like extra room to spread out. The three different engines available in this truck give drivers plenty of variety to choose from. A 4.0 liter V6 makes 270 horsepower and 278 lbs-ft of torque, the 4.6 liter V8 puts down 310 hp and 327 lbs-ft, while the most powerful, a 5.7 liter V8 produced 381 hp and 401 lbs-ft.
Watch for this incredible showcase on TV and on the internet. The Endeavour exhibit will go on display October 30th for all visitors to view a piece of history in person. If you want to find out more about the Toyota Tundra or any of the other vehicles in our full lineup, stop by Lake Toyota in Devils Lake, ND. Our friendly staff would love to show you even more details of the 2012 Toyota Tundra and let you go for a test drive so you can experience just how powerful it really is.
About Lake Toyota
Lake Toyota is proud to be the preferred Toyota dealer of Devils Lake, North Dakota. Our dealership provides Toyota cars, Toyota service, and Toyota parts to all surrounding areas. We carry an extensive inventory of new, used, and certified Toyota cars and SUVs.
In addition to being your Devils Lake area Toyota dealer, our service department is readily available to provide maintenance and repairs to all Toyota models. Visit our website to view current specials and our large selection of vehicles.
424 Highway 2 East
Devils Lake, ND 58301