If there is already a lot lying in your bucket list here is something you need to immediately add to it. The escapade of a lifetime, wherein you drive through ice-capped landmass. It sure seems surreal but Hyundai’s Santa Fe (slightly modified) becomes the first passenger vehicle to be driven across the snow-covered continent of Antarctica.
Patrick Bergel, the great grandson of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the globally renowned Antarctic explorer from the last century, achieved his great grandfather’s unconquered dream. Patrick’s expedition started from Union Camp to McMurdo and ended from where he had started. As a tribute to Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-16, Patrick started on his 30-day journey in December 2016. Read – New Hyundai Santa Fe To Debut in 2018
The Hyundai Santa Fe powered by the 2.2-litre diesel engine covered a total distance of 5,800kms, driving through the extreme cold of -30degrees. To make it more sturdy, low pressure large tyres were usedfor improved traction. Other modifications were also made in line with keeping the engine intact amid extremely low temperatures.
That said changes were made to the suspension, axle shafts, mounts and subframe in the monocoque chassis. Additionally, the gearing ratio was also reduced and an engine heater was incorporated. Even the fuel tank was replaced by the aluminium one.
While it gives enthusiasts an adrenaline rush, but driving in harsh conditions at steeply low temperatures wasn’t easy at all. The average speed during the expedition was as low as 27.2kmph. It was primarily due to the constant need to look out for path and averting obstacles.
The A- 1 jet fuel engine was used to feed the engine, as that is the only fuel available in that geographical area. Besides, addition of extended fenders made the SUV look meaner. We have heard of many crazy expeditions, but this one is surely one of its kind.