A new South Pole crossing record has been recognized by Guinness as the fastest overland journey to the South Pole, after the expedition which included two modified Toyota Hilux trucks took just 108 hours to travel 1.434 miles or 2.308 km with an average speed of 20 km/h across the Antarctic High Plateau.
The two Toyota Hiluxs have been prepared for the trip by Arctic Trucks, a company specialized in modifying off-road vehicles, and they have been equipped with 3.0 liter turbodiesel engines which are developing 170 horsepower, mated to automatic transmissions. The two Toyota Hiluxs had to carry 1.078 liters of fuel and the off-roaders have a total capacity of 1.3 tones, but they can tow another 1.5.
Both vehicles and their drivers went through tough conditions because of the rarefied air at 3.2 kilometers above the sea level. The expedition was organized by the Kazakhstan National Geographic Society and the Antarctica Company and included four members: Konstantin Orlov and Stanislav Makarenko from KNGS, Andrey Myller fraom TAC and Hlynur Sugrdsson from Arctic Trucks.