Toyota conquers Antarctic in jet-fueled Hilux pickups

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Jet-Fuelled Toyota Hilux Conquers The Antarctic - News


Longest expedition in polar exploration history, covering over
70,000 km in four months
Three Hilux set new world record, each covering 9,500 km
Prepared by Icelandic 4x4 conversion specialists Arctic Trucks to
tackle the extreme terrain and weather conditions
3.0-litre D-4D diesel engine and gearbox remain unchanged,
demonstrating the Hilux's legendary Quality, Durability and
Land Cruiser celebrates 60th anniversary with first trek to the
South Pole The legendary Toyota Hilux, already renowned for its
ability to overcome extreme challenges, started a new chapter in the
history of polar exploration, covering over 70,000 km across one of
the coldest and most hostile environments in the world.

The highlight of the Antarctic programme was a double
trans-continental crossing, organised by Extreme World Races. A new
world record was set by three Hilux vehicles, including two 6x6
versions, each covering 9,500 km. Totalling nearly 30,000 km this
makes it the longest Antarctic journey ever.

From November 2011 to February 2012, a team using ten Toyota Hilux
vehicles was charged with setting up a fuel depot, installing a
weather station, and providing support to scientific expeditions and a
ski race.

To face Antarctica's uniquely extreme driving conditions, with
temperatures as low as -50C, terrain altitudes of over 3,400 m and
the most brutal driving environment imaginable, all vehicles were
prepared by Icelandic 4x4 conversion specialists Arctic Trucks.
Necessary modifications included the integration of a crane to lift
heavy equipment, the use of Jet A-1 fuel to cope with the extreme
cold, a 280-litre fuel tank (800-litres for 6x6 vehicles), revised
suspension and drivetrain, crawler gears and extra large tyres with
pressures as low as 2-3 psi (regular Hilux tyres have a pressure of 29
psi) giving a tyre surface area about 17 times larger than those found
on standard tyres.

It is a testament to the Hilux's legendary Quality Durability and
Reliability (QDR) that its 3.0-litre D-4D diesel engine and the
transmission remain entirely unchanged for the expeditions.

The Hilux performed outstandingly well throughout its 70,000 km
challenge without technical failures.

Sold in over 135 countries and a global leader in the pick-up segment,
the Hilux once again pushes the boundaries of extreme endurance

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