2012 Toyota Tundra Successfully Tows the Endeavour Space Shuttle

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  • (1888PressRelease) October 19, 2012 - For months Toyota has been publicizing the historic event of one of its 2012 Toyota Tundra's towing the Endeavour Space Shuttle, and the event went off without a hitch. Steven Toyota is proud to carry the same 2012 Toyota Tundra model that was used to tow the iconic spacecraft. For more information on the tow, visit the Tundra Endeavour Challenge's website.

    The voyage of epic proportions challenged a 2012 Toyota Tundra, with no special modifications, with the task of towing the Endeavour over the Manchester Boulevard Bridge to its final resting place at the California Science Center, and the 2012 Tundra prevailed.

    The model used in the tow was the 2012 Tundra CrewMax four-wheel-drive powered by a 5.7-liter iForce V8. The high-performing engine that generates 381 horsepower is the same one that a customer could drive off the showroom floor today.

    The decision to allow the Tundra to tow the Endeavour came from a long-standing partnership between Toyota and the California Science Center. "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 Endeavour weighs and incredible 150,000 pounds so controlling the rig is no small undertaking, but Toyota and the California Science Center found the right man for job. Matt McBride, a professional driver for Toyota, teamed up with former astronaut Garret Reisman.

    "I'm honored to be part of the space shuttle Endeavour's final mission to the California Science Center," said Garrett Reisman, an engineer and former NASA astronaut. "I appreciate Toyota's support in helping bring this space icon home to the Southern California community."

    To get behind the wheel of the obviously high-performing 2012 Toyota Tundra, visit Steven Toyota in Harrisonburg, VA. The Virginia dealer is also located online, at http://www.steventoyota.com/index.htm.

    About Steven Toyota

    Steven Toyota, http://www.steventoyota.com/index.htm, of the Harrisonburg, Virginia area carries an extensive inventory of Toyota cars, trucks, SUV's and minivans. The dealer's finance specialists work with a vast array of lending sources to guarantee their customers get the most complete and comprehensive financial package available. In addition, the Delaware dealer provides automotive service and offers Toyota parts.

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