The Toyota Hilux truck has become synonymous with trips through extreme environments. The folks over at Extreme World Races, for example, recently trusted three Hilux pickups for a 5900-mile trip through Antarctica, the longest in polar history.
The trucks were powered by Toyota's 3.0-liter D-4D diesel engine, a workhorse mill familiar to markets outside of the U.S. In order to handle the extremely cold climates, the Hilux trucks ran on jet fuel.
Jet Fuel Powered Toyota Hilux Traverses Antarctica imageIceland-based Arctic Trucks performed modifications to the Hilux trucks, two of which were "6x6" models. The company fitted the pickups with large tires that had a footprint 17 times larger than standard tires. The suspension and drivetrain were reinforced and each vehicle was fitted with a crane used to load heavy equipment and barrels of fuel. The expedition team used the Toyotas to set up a fuel depot and weather station used by scientists and competitors participating in a ski race.
This latest feat should further solidify the Hilux's reputation and the bullet-proof truck of choice when traversing extreme environments. The Hilux has been used on numerous trips on both magnetic poles. Perhaps its most famous appearance was on an Arctic special episode of "Top Gear" in which the show's presenters were the first to reach the magnetic North Pole in a motor vehicle.