In a case-study example of "don't try this at home," a 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax will have the honor of towing the 300,000-pound space shuttle Endeavour to its final home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on the last quarter mile of the historic vessel's journey. Toyota Motor Sales, the company's U.S. sales arm based in Torrance, California, worked closely with The Sarens Group, a heavy lifting and transport company on the logistics and safety of the demonstration, and developed a heavy-duty dolly designed specifically for the occasion.
Toyota is claiming the truck is a stock, unmodified 2012 Tundra CrewMax equipped with the 5.7-liter V-8 engine. The maximum rated sustained towing capacity for the truck is 10,000 pounds. Toyota has had a partnership with the Science Center, and currently has a Tundra on display at the museum as part of an exhibit demonstrating the physics of leverage. That truck will be replaced by the truck towing the Endeavour after the event takes place on October 13, 2012.
More information and educational activities and resources on the Tundra Endeavour project can be found at toyota.com/TundraEndeavour starting on September 17.