Toyota Tundra Successfully Tows the Space Shuttle – Video

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

A stock Toyota Tundra hauled the nearly 300,000 lbs. space shuttle and towing rig a total of 12 miles this past Friday, delivering the ship to its final resting place at the California Science Center.

Toyota and the California science center have had a partnership that spans back 20 years that has helped raise awareness of the space program. “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 truck used was a 2012 Tundra CrewMax 4×4 outfitted with a 5.7-liter V8 that puts out 381 hp. It received no special attachments or add-ons for the tow.

Correction: The Tundra only towed the shuttle for a few hundred feet over the 405 freeway. The total distance traveled by the shuttle to its resting place was 12 miles.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="">Google+</A>

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  • Americanvtwin Americanvtwin on Oct 16, 2012

    This is a lie! Why are you putting this out as fact. It pulled it a few hundred feet. Not 12 miles. Shame on you you liar. Misleading the public!

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    • DKST DKST on Sep 04, 2013

      The Tundra towed the shuttle across a bridge that couldn't take the weight of the tow vehicle.

  • Guest Guest on Oct 21, 2012

    when your facts aren't right even while making a very minor point, the overall credibility of the organization is at stake. Wonder if the same errors are made when car reviews are concerned. But thanks for the correction.