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treerootCO
09-18-2012, 10:32 AM
http://www.autoblog.com/2012/09/15/toyota-tundra-can-and-will-pull-a-space-shuttle/

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Snowrun
09-18-2012, 04:01 PM
I can't wait to see the pictures. Two of the coolest things ever. (Toyotas and space stuff)

Corbet
09-18-2012, 06:10 PM
I think was was really funny, when I clicked the link there were two GMC banners surrounding the article.

TIMZTOY
09-18-2012, 07:06 PM
sweet ness.

Rzeppa
09-20-2012, 04:35 PM
I saw that in the news (Yahoo via AP I think) a couple days back. Apparently the Tundra is bone-stock, but the Toyota folks have been working like heck to make sure there won't be any embarrassment. I wonder how much they're paying to get this publicity stunt?

Corbet
09-20-2012, 08:35 PM
The local Toyota dealership here has flyers for the event on display.

Bruiser
09-20-2012, 10:10 PM
And yet another reason why I need to buy a Tundra. :bowdown:

Phrog
09-21-2012, 09:45 AM
Okay, can someone explain how a 'specially designed towing rig' can allow a Tundra to tow 300k pounds? I see how the rig can minimize / control tongue weight- but the Tundra still presumably has to accelerate the load to towing speed, and then overcome friction to keep it there.

Phrog

rover67
09-21-2012, 10:36 AM
Seem pretty doable with the tundra in low range, tranny cooler, and nice hard tires on the tow dolly.

I bet an FJ40 could do it.

treerootCO
09-21-2012, 11:12 AM
Pulling it isn't an issue. I want to see them get to highway speeds and try to stop :)

Kipper
09-21-2012, 01:04 PM
awesome

subzali
10-25-2012, 08:40 PM
So this came and went without too much more excitement. Video here:
http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/14/watch-a-toyota-tundra-tow-space-shuttle-endeavor/

It's pretty cool to watch the "Tundra Endeavor" series of videos. More footage of the planning etc.

I liked the shot where the load first hits the drivetrain and it shows the pinion rotating up against the driveshaft. That's the tech part of this thread ;)