Monster Hyundai Santa Fe becomes first passenger vehicle to conquer Antarctica

20 Avril, 2017, 19:39 | Author: Come Portier
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The journey took place in December 2016 to commemorate the centenary of Shackleton's third heroic expedition from 1914 to 1916, but details have only now been made public.

The Hyundai Santa Fe has become the first passenger vehicle to conquer Antarctica as part of an expedition that saw it trek almost 4,000 miles across the icy terrain.

Bergel, who lives in London and normally works as a technology entrepreneur, said: "I'm not a polar explorer; I'm an indoor guy". The fact that this was a place my great grandfather tried to get to a couple of times and I was there, it felt like a genuine connection. "But it is quite something to have been the first to do this in a wheeled vehicle".

"What we did though was one-thousandth as hard as what they did". You know, no comparison - modern appurtenances, comparative luxury. Otherwise, the Hyundai ran with the standard gearbox, front differential, engine and driveshaft.

A pre-heater was also installed to help the engine warm up in the extreme conditions, while the auto was converted to run on jet fuel: the only available on the entire Antarctic continent.

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The South Korean automaker has managed to find the great-grandson of the legendary explorer, and he got to drive a near-stock Santa Fe 2.2 diesel across the continent of Antarctica to accomplish the expedition.

"We were running on one-tenth of a normal road tyre pressure - it's so soft you can drive over someone's hand and it won't hurt them!"

The car's body had to be raised with new sub-frames and suspension to accommodate the tyres. Even the big machines crack up and break apart.

He claims that a full traverse like this has never been attempted, but the crew managed the seemingly impossible feat of returning with all the equipment after reaching McMurdo on wheels.

The accomplishment will probably trigger adventurous instincts in other explorers, and other companies might be interested in beating Hyundai's time at this Trans-Antarctic crossing by vehicle.

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