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Zero South Has Been Planning This Trip For At Least Seven Years

The Zero South expedition will use a modified 1998 Hummer H1 series hybrid on tracks to drive to the South Pole.

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Meet Manon Osservoort. She's a theater actress from the Netherlands, but she's better know as Tractor Girl. That's because she's undertaken an epic transcontinental journey in an agricultural tractor that started out in Holland five years ago and just ended at the South Pole.

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Here's a challenge: go outside, grab a tricycle and cover 400 miles. Doesn't sound like a lot of fun, does it? Now, imagine you're covering those 400 miles in 50-mile-per-hour winds. Also, you're on unstable ice that can be hiding massive crevasses. Finally, it's 31 degrees (Fahrenheit) below zero and you're likely to encounter white-out-producing snow storms. That little bike ride sounds a lot less appealing now, doesn't it?

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Toyota has just wrapped up another impressive Antarctic expedition, this time traversing over 43,500 miles in the span of four months. In the process, the company says it snagged a new world record with three specially-prepared Hilux pickup trucks with each covering 5,903 miles of the frozen continent. Iceland-based Arctic Trucks handled converting the pickups for their stint in the cold, and while the alterations included creating at least two 6x6 versions, the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engines ha

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Argentina has apparently brought stock car racing to Antarctica for the very first time. The Asociacion Corredores Turismo Carretera recently teamed up with the Argentina Air Force and the interior ministry to bring one racer to the frozen continent. Hugo Mazzacane, vice president of the racing organization, piloted the car down 3,937 feet of runway in temperatures of four degrees below zero, Fahrenheit. We aren't exactly sure of the motivations behind the stunt, but our Google Translator inform

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This project is specifically looking at reducing the amount of petroleum used down in Antarctica. Transporting vehicle fuel to Antarctica is costly and resource intensive, and requires great planning as well. Managing energy use very carefully is critical because of potentially harmful effects on the environment.

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Toyota Hilux goes to Antartica – Click above for high-res image gallery

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