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      Modified Hyundai Santa Fe becomes first car to cross Antarctica

      Very cool!!!

      http://www.caradvice.com.au/544530/m...ss-antarctica/


      A modified Hyundai Santa Fe has become the first passenger car to drive across Antarctica and back again, making a trip from Union Camp to McMurdo and back to Union Camp, as well as the first wheeled passenger vehicle to drive across the Ross Ice Shelf.

      Taking part in the journey was Patrick Bergel, the great grandson of Ernest Shackleton, the famous Antarctic explorer who was beaten to the South Pole by Roald Amundsen and whose quest to cross Antarctica from coast to coast thwarted when his ship was crushed by pack ice.

      The journey with the Santa Fe and three support vehicles was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s failed attempt to cross the polar continent.

      The modern day expedition was led by Gisli Jonsson from Arctic Trucks, the company that modified the Santa Fe for its trans-Antarctic journey.

      A key, and the most visible, change to the Santa Fe is the fitment of the heavy-duty low-pressure tyres. This necessitated huge wheel arch extensions, completely new sub-frames at both ends, and a rebuilt suspension setup.

      In order to account for the rugged terrain and large tyres, the vehicle’s overall gearing was reduced by installing new gears inside the wheel hubs.

      Jonsson says the car’s tyre pressure was around one-tenth of regular road tyres, so the vehicle would drive “on top of the snow rather than ploughing through it”. In fact, the tyres are so pillowy soft, “you can drive over someone’s hand and it wouldn’t hurt them”.

      Other changes to car include a larger 230 litre fuel tank, and an engine pre-heater to help deal with the extreme temperatures. Hyundai points out the engine, its management system and transmission were completely stock standard.

      The Antarctic Santa Fe was powered by a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel motor, but instead of regular diesel, this car used jet fuel. According to Jonsson, this was done because “all operations in Antarctica run on it”, including vehicles, and the fuel can stand temperatures as low as -58 degrees Celcius.

      During the journey, the car averaged around 30km/h, although 50 to 60km/h was the mean for many stretches. On some really smooth sections the car managed 100km/h for short periods of time.

      The expedition had to carry its own fuel with just two fuel cache locations along its return journey. With explorers and scientific missions entrusted with leaving the continent in pristine condition, the expedition had to carry all its waste back.

      Thanks to modern technology, the team had it much easier than explorers during the golden era of Antarctic exploration. Nonetheless they still had to camp out in the bitter cold, melt snow for water, and, probably, pee into bottles.

      The convoy were able to carefully pick their way through crevasse-filled fields, over glaciers, past an active volcano, and travel with a degree of certainty during whiteout conditions thanks to up-to-date satellite imagery and GPS location data.

      With temperatures as touching as low as -28 degrees Celicus, the team drove for 30 days, and sometimes for up to 20 hours per day.

      Bergel recounts: “The driving was incredible. There’s no visual stimulus and with your body connected to the vehicle, your brain goes a bit haywire. I started to make up things, like seeing trees and forests around me, and after one 20-hour driving day, despite doing shifts, I was falling into the steering wheel, and the tracks in front of me kept flipping in and out.”







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      Um no.

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      ^^^

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      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      ^^^

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      This!!
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      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
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      Technically they may have not crossed the entire continent, but there were 5 Beetles down there starting in 1963. They made runs between bases etc. Something tells me there is a book about it. They were used because they were air cooled so they didnt have to worry about coolant freezing. They were actually all Australian supplied I believe.


      Along with a couple VW powered track things
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      Awesome! Thanks!

      Love how they used a Soviet Li-2 (licensed DC-3) to deliver supplies.
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      Actually they still use DC-3's for antarctic runs, sorta. The specific model now is the Basler BT-67 which is a turboprop conversion of the DC-3. They crash sometimes, but it's ok, they fix them too.


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      Quote Originally Posted by the original article
      With explorers and scientific missions entrusted with leaving the continent in pristine condition, the expedition had to carry all its waste back.
      Poop bags.

      Lots of poop bags.
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      The Beetle part of this thread is awesome. The Santa Fe part? Not so much.
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      Looking for more info, but here's this.


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      "Modified Hyundai Santa Fe becomes first car to cross Antarctica "

      Quote Originally Posted by Blade3562 View Post
      Um no.
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      Technically (Beetles) may have not crossed the entire continent, but there were 5 Beetles down there starting in 1963.
      So yes then.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Blade3562 View Post
      Um no.
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      The journey with the Santa Fe and three support vehicles was timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s failed attempt to cross the polar continent.
      Would've been much better had they failed on the 100th anniversary of his grandfather's failure.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Hostile View Post
      "Modified Hyundai Santa Fe becomes first car to cross Antarctica "





      So yes then.
      I should have phrased that differently. The beetle covered/crossed another region different from the one the Santa Fe did. Antarctica isn't a nicely shaped continent lol. It's also constantly changing. I'll do my best to find the map of the beetles travels.

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      From the little reading I did, it looks like the Beetle (red) was mainly a shuttle between Mawson Station and the Rumdoodle Airstrip 12 miles away. They also did some other exploring, but it wasn't anywhere near "crossing" the continent.

      The Hyundai (black) did a 1200 trip (2400 round trip) between Union Camp to McMurdo, and that's a hell of a lot more than that Beetle did. The Beetle only had 1500 miles on it when its year was up.



      Now, was that Hyundai trip considered "crossing" Antarctica?
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      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post

      Now, was that Hyundai trip considered "crossing" Antarctica?
      Based on the map, I wouldn't consider that crossing the continent. It's like driving from San Francisco to Houston and saying that you crossed the USA. Regardless, it's still a good accomplishment considering the environmental obstacles.
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      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post

      Now, was that Hyundai trip considered "crossing" Antarctica?
      If anything, I would consider the Expeditions7 route crossing Antarctica.







      http://www.expeditions7.com/segments/antarctica

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      Quote Originally Posted by jeff1234 View Post
      Based on the map, I wouldn't consider that crossing the continent. It's like driving from San Francisco to Houston and saying that you crossed the USA. Regardless, it's still a good accomplishment considering the environmental obstacles.
      Agreed.


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      Impossibles! Something, something, Flat Earth!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Aonarch View Post
      Agreed.
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      The article does say the first to drive across the Ross Ice Shelf by the way.

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      Meh. You can have a modified LR2, Xterra, etc do the same thing. Still, the concept of being "the first" is neat.
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      Quote Originally Posted by VW KEVIN G View Post
      Impossibles! The governments of the world patrol the oceans down there and don't allow people to go to Antarctica. That's why the edge hasn't been photographed. Flat Earth!
      Fixed your post with stuff I heard listening to an actual interview.
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      Quote Originally Posted by palakaman View Post
      Fixed your post with stuff I heard listening to an actual interview.
      But but ... it's true!!

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      Man I wish I would have went back for another season down there...I'm telling you guys/gals, if I wasn't tied down these days I'd go again in a heartbeat!

      Cool article though!

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