Top Gear’s Polar Toyota HiluxBy Alan • Send This To A Friend
When TopGear star Jeremy Clarkson decided to go to the North Pole by car, he chose a Toyota Hilux that was modified by Arctic Trucks for this very special task. It was much harder than originally planned, but they did it – they managed to get to the North Pole in a Toyota Hilux. The model is an extraordinary piece of engineering – it kept going through the harsh conditions, even after suffering damage.
A few snapshorts of the Toyota from the Top Gear Polar Special (Original Air Date: 25 July 2007):
It was one of their best shows, they really pushed their limits on this one.
– 38 inches in diameter and running at pressures as low as 4psi to give good flotation over snow. Two valves per wheel.
– Mounted on a heavy duty bulbar with lifting points. Auxillary driving lights are Xenons. Arches flared by 30cm.
– Modified for ultra-low air temperatures. Extra coolant added to boost coolant temperature before start-up. There’s a fuel heater in there, too.
– Fat 5mm aluminium skid plates protect the bumper, suspension, transmission and transfer case.
– The position of the front suspension was moved 50mm towards the ground, then moved forward 40mm.
– Lots of kit in here including shovels, pry-bars, jacks, towing strap, tool kits, first aid kits and a chain saw. Friendly.
– Locking front and rear diffs modified to cope with the cold. Special exhaust and extra fuel tank under here, too.
– A weapon holder. Shotguns were carried for protection against polar bear attack.