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Some Fine Engineering, pre-OOT

by coldwarrior ( 21 Comments › )
Filed under Cars & Trucks, Open thread at April 10th, 2012 - 7:00 pm

Toyota goes for a spin on in the ice. These are the same type of truck that Top Gear used to go to the North Pole


Pole-dancing Hilux heats up the ice

By Alastair Sloane

5:30 AM Monday Apr 9, 2012
Specially-equipped Toyota Hilux 4x4s after a gentle cruise to the South Pole. Photo / Supplied

Specially-equipped Toyota Hilux 4x4s after a gentle cruise to the South Pole. Photo / Supplied

Toyota has added further to the invincible reputation of its Hilux with another expedition on ice; this time to the South Pole.

Three specially prepared workhorses covered about 70,000km in four months on the frozen continent in what Toyota is saying was the longest wheeled expedition in polar exploration history.

Iceland company Arctic Trucks prepared the Hiluxes, which were among 10, including six-wheel-drive units, shipped to the deep south last November to help set up fuel depots and a weather station and to support research teams.

To face temperatures as low as -50C and altitudes of over 3400m, the 3-litre turbo-diesel engines had to be reworked to consume jet fuel. Standard diesel would turn to jelly in the freezing temperatures.

The trucks were also fitted with large tyres running just 2-3 psi of air pressure, resulting in a footprint on the ice around 17 times larger than a standard Hilux tyre. Regular Hilux tyres have a pressure of 29psi.

Other modifications included revised suspension, changes to gearbox ratios and fitting 280-litre fuel tanks and a crane to one of the Hiluxes. The six-wheel-drive trucks had 800-litre fuel tanks.

The highlight of the programme was a double trans-continental crossing, organised by Extreme World Races.

Youtube stuff here


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21 Responses to “Some Fine Engineering, pre-OOT”
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  1. Bumr50
    1 | April 10, 2012 7:38 pm


    Even the tires sound ludicrous.

    2-3 psi????

    Off the hizzle.

  2. 2 | April 10, 2012 7:44 pm

    Here’s a new Pat Condell video for your viewing pleasure.

  3. buzzsawmonkey
    3 | April 10, 2012 7:56 pm

    @ Urban Infidel:

    I’ve been down on Condell for some time, given that as a European he has shown, in the past, a disconcerting tendency to mistake “human rights” (revocable government dispensations) for liberty (protected by civil rights against the government). He also has the leftwing atheist’s tendency to lump religions together—and, if he has shown a special dislike for Islam, that was merely a matter of degree. He tended to be sympathetic to Jews as long as they didn’t have the bad taste to, you know, want to be Jewish.

    But in his last several videos he’s shown himself to be evolving away from these errors in worldview, and none more so than here. His recognition that the UN is a sinkhole of evil and that Israel—whatever its faults—is by comparison indeed the “light unto the world” that the Jews were commanded to be, is a welcome milestone in Condell’s development.

    About a year and a half ago I would have walked out on Pat Condell; now I would enjoy buying him a beer and arguing.

  4. mawskrat
    4 | April 10, 2012 8:31 pm

    @ Bumr50:

    some people call em tars//

  5. mawskrat
    5 | April 10, 2012 9:08 pm

    what the heck

  6. Dolphin
    6 | April 10, 2012 9:15 pm

    Woo-hoo! Just found my new Toyota truck! Current one is circa 1991 sr-22 with 246,000 miles on it. Bought it used in 93 with 48,000 miles and it has been paid off since 1998. It isn’t pretty, but it gets me to work and back every day. MPG +/- 20. Needs oil, transmission fluid and power steering fluid about every 2-3 months.

    It is also the 2nd vehicle I have ever owner.

    /of course this IS a pipe dream only (the new truck).

  7. 7 | April 10, 2012 9:20 pm

    @ mawskrat:

  8. Lily
    8 | April 10, 2012 9:41 pm

    @ doriangrey:

    Dorian you in a BOC mood today?

  9. Lily
    9 | April 10, 2012 9:43 pm

    @ doriangrey:

    Excellent theme song for obamacare too. That should go viral.

    Don’t Fear the Reaper hand in hand with obamacare. Might get through to some people, maybe. ;)

  10. gulfloafer
    10 | April 10, 2012 9:50 pm

    @ doriangrey:
    That song is missing something. I can’t quite put my finger on it?

  11. gulfloafer
    11 | April 10, 2012 9:53 pm

    @ doriangrey:
    Now I remember!

  12. gulfloafer
    12 | April 10, 2012 9:58 pm

    @ Lily:
    Here’s some Reagan era nostalgia to cheer you up.

  13. gulfloafer
    13 | April 10, 2012 10:00 pm

    Must’ve run off all the decent folk?

  14. Lily
    15 | April 10, 2012 10:03 pm

    @ gulfloafer:

    I’m still around for a bit at least.

  15. 16 | April 10, 2012 10:04 pm

    Lily wrote:

    @ doriangrey:
    Dorian you in a BOC mood today?

    ROTFLMAO… I’m mostly always in a mood for BOC… :grin:

  16. Lily
    17 | April 10, 2012 10:06 pm

    @ doriangrey:

    Yeah I like the two songs you put up today. My favs from them.

  17. 18 | April 10, 2012 10:06 pm

    Lily wrote:

    @ doriangrey:
    Dorian you in a BOC mood today?

  18. Lily
    19 | April 10, 2012 10:12 pm

    @ doriangrey:


  19. Lily
    20 | April 10, 2012 10:21 pm

  20. 21 | April 10, 2012 11:51 pm

    Linked here: al-Qaeda’s ride of choice -- but only because of its excellent engineering, not through any fault on Toyota’s part!

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