Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Toyota Tundra Makes History Towing Space Icon

This event has put the city of champions on the map. If you were there from when this massive beast was crossing the bridge you would of captured amazing images. Randy's donuts was in the background as this beast got stuck while it passed through Manchester blvd. It took the crew a few hours to get a post out of the way for the space shuttle to be able to go through. 

Toyota Tundra half-ton pickup truck without any special modifications successfully towed the 150,000 pound space shuttle Endeavour across the 450 freeway in Inglewood California. 

“We’ve partnered with the California Science Center since the early '90s as part of our ongoing commitment to inspiring youth in the fields of engineering, innovation and future technology, and we are honored to lend our support for this historic event,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of community affairs and philanthropy for Toyota.

The 2012 Tundra CrewMax 4x4 with Toyota’s 5.7-liter iForce V8, producing 381 horsepower was used to tow this massive space craft.  The truck used to tow the Endeavour was purchased from a Southern California Toyota dealer, with no modifications or special equipment added for the tow. 

Riding along was Garrett Reisman, one of the astronauts aboard the orbiter when it traveled to the International Space Station in 2008. From start to finish, it took 5 minutes to cross the bridge.

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