Toyota Hilux Across South Pole


No one expects a car to be able to take on the hostile condition of the Antarctica, but since the Top Gear TV show managed to do just so in a Toyota Hilux, it’s become a popular recreational thing!

Toyota last month sent four Hilux pickups to the south pole, to use to their marketing advantage.Four Hilux travel over 4,600 km across Antarctica with temperature down to minus 56°C and altitude of 3,400 m.

Between 10th November and 5th December 2010, four Hilux transported expedition members of the Indian National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) on a 4,600 km round trip from Novo Air Base, to the South Pole, and safely back.

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The cars were prepared specially for the Antarctica with items including the integration of a crane to lift heavy equipment and fuel, the use of Jet 1A fuel with additional lubricants to tackle the extreme cold, revised front/rear suspension and drivetrain, extra heating system, crawler gears, crevasse protection and the fitment of extra large tyres with a pressure as low as 20 psi (regular Hilux tyres have a pressure of 20.9 psi).

But the 3.0 liters remained bone stock and not only didn’t break down, they enabled the cars to achieve higher average speed and lower fuel consumption compared to any equivalent Antarctic vehicle.

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