Concept Ice Vehicle (CIV) is the prime attraction of the Moon-Regan Trans Antarctic Expedition. The Moon-Regan Trans Antarctic Expedition is set to cover a distance of around 3,000 miles, in the continent of Antarctica from the west coast to the South Pole, then heading north through the Trans-Antarctic Mountain Range to the coast at McMurdo. The team members Andrew Regan and Andrew Moon are experienced Polar Travelers.
Some of the interesting features of Concept Ice Vehicle are:
- Looks like a modern space vehicle to explore planets.
- Designed and developed at Group Lotus by Kieron Bradley, ex-chassis designer for two Formula 1 teams.
- Runs on a trio of broad skis and powered by a tri blade propeller driven by a micro light engine.
- Snow scooter skis have been avoided to suit to rough Antarctic terrain.
- Vehicle components have been over engineered to survive -72°C and to withstand extreme vibrations.
- A bio-fueled vehicle, consumes 6.6 miles per litre. Initially starts with petrol feed and changes over to bio fuel when engine warms up to right temperature.
- Material: Titanium nitrate coated, 70/75 aluminum, stainless steel, carbon fibre, glass fibre, with a magnesium alloy engine.
- Has minimum moving parts as the vehicle has to operate in freezing temperatures.
- Being light, can be easily hauled manually across rough terrain in case of emergency.
- Suspension: all-round independent suspension to cope with the sastrugi
- Engine: Supercharged BMW 1150 engine adapted to run on E85 bio-ethenol
- Size: 4.5m long x 4.5m wide
- Weight: 360kg
- Radar: Ice Penetrating Radar (IPR) unit detects hidden crevasses
- Top Speed: 84 mph
- It can also float and run on water.
Here are some photographs of Concept Ice Vehicle.
The above photographs are from the Moon-Regan Trans Antarctic Expedition.
More photographs of Concept Ice Vehicle are at autoblog.
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