Perhaps the tractor units will be powered down, or maybe throttled back? Honestly, I don't know yet, but if this is the rig used, I'll be sure to try and find out. If these tractor units are in place during the Tundra's tow, then I would take anything that happens with a large, delicious grain of salt. … [Read more...] about How, Exactly, Is The Toyota Tundra Going To Tow The Space Shuttle?
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I spoke with the chief engineer for the Tundra and had him explain how a truck with a 10,100 lb towing capacity can tow a 292,000 pound spaceship, and, in between his expected praise of the Tundra and Toyota's electronic limited-slip 4WD system, the essential truth is that pretty much any vehicle making roughly these torque numbers (around 400 lb-ft) could do this, at least on the dry, smooth tarmac of the street. You can see what he said for yourself right here. … [Read more...] about How A 5,600-Pound Toyota Towed A 292,000-Pound Space Shuttle
This F-150 tugging test is fun, and does demonstrate that the machine’s structure can handle significant loads. Plus, it shows that the truck’s powertrain and drivetrain—thanks in large part to gearing—can produce and sustain enough tractive force at the wheels to accelerate the enormous load against rolling resistance, bearing friction, and other sources of drag. That said, this kind of thing has been done many times, and it’s frankly not particularly useful. … [Read more...] about Watch An Electric Ford F-150 Prototype Tow a 1 Million Pound Train as Part of a PR Stunt