On Oct. 13, the 5.7-litre V8-equipped Tundra, which has a towing capacity of 10,000 lbs. (4,536 kg) will handle the portion of the route over the 405 Freeway's Manchester Boulevard Bridge, which requires a different tow mechanism than the rest of the route for weight distribution purposes.
The Tundra's involvment was originally scheduled to be a finish-line celebration at Exposition Park, but will now lead the journey. The remainder of the trip will be driven by four self-propelled, multi-axle vehicles. The modules will be simultaneously computer-controlled via joystick by one operator walking with the shuttle; they are capable of moving sideways or spinning in place, and will enable precise maneuverability as the shuttle passes buildings, utility poles and trees.
Toyota has done extensive testing and worked with The Sarens Group, a heavy lifting and engineered transport company, to develop a purpose-built dolly.