Toyota Hilux Makes Epic Antarctic Trip on Jet Fuel

“Mighty 4x4 and 6x6 pick-ups achieve polar endurance feat” - that’s how Toyota starts its press release and our hair stood on end when we saw these awesome pictures of places most people will never get to see.
Toyota Hilux in Antarctica 6 photos
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Their journey took them over 5,900 miles of ice and packed snow, more than any other expedition in polar history, and adding to the Hilux’s achievement of reaching both North and South Poles.

The trucks used standard 3.0-liter D-4D diesel engines, but to make sure the fuel doesn’t freeze at -50 degrees celsius, the vehicles were specially engineered by Icelandic conversion specialists Arctic Trucks.

That’s why three trucks were configured to run on A-1 jet fuel that doesn’t freeze at this sort of temperature. But in total, the ream put together by Extreme World Races used 10 Toyota Hilux pickups. There provided essential support and carried fuel.

Necessary modifications to the vehicles included fitting a crane to lift heavy equipment and a 280-litre fuel tank – 800 liters in the case of the six-wheel models.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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