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World Record Drive From The Coast Of Antarctica To The South Pole

What is it? - VIDEO: Click to see The Ice Challenger in action!

A successful world record attempt as the fastest overland journey to drive to the South Pole.

Shortly before 13.00 GMT on Monday 12th December, the Ice Challenger crew completed their world record attempt of the fastest overland crossing to the South Pole. They smashed the previous record of 24 days in just 69 hours! 

The 1,200 km route saw the team negotiate deep crevasses, climb steep ice slopes and cross rugged fields of rubble ice to get to their goal of the South Pole. Constant driving and no sleep pushed both man and machine to the limit to achieve success.

The World Record

This expedition has been officially recognised by Guinness World Records as a successful attempt and new world record. It beats the previous record by the Japanese adventurer Shinji Kazama who travelled to the South Pole from Patriot Hills near the Antarctic coastline on a specially modified Yamaha motorcycle in 24 days from 10 December 1991 to 3 January 1992. He was supported by a snowmobile that carried emergency supplies and offered occasional assistance over rough terrain.

In addition, in 1958 there was an expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary using tractors with tracks and they took 82 days to get to the Pole.

The Vehicle

VIDEO: Click to see The Ice Challenger in action!

This vehicle is the only one of it’s kind in the UK, modified uniquely for the challenge. It was first imported from Canada, and was originally an ordinary vehicle before it was shipped to Iceland where a team of three engineers spent almost 2,000 hours to modify it to its current form.

Iceland is perhaps the best place in the world to find someone with years of experience of driving vehicles in deep snow and on huge glaciers, so the Challenger crew wasted no time in searching for the perfect person to do the truck modifications in this Nordic country. Of course, there are no second chances on an attempt like this so it was imperative that the truck performed to its full capacity night and day. The lead engineer who modified the truck therefore became a crucial addition to the Challenger crew on this epic expedition.


  • 6-wheel drive. All wheels can be independently driven

  • Low emission, Turbo-charged, fuel-injected, 7.3 litre, V8 diesel engine

  • 20 gears

  • 44” tyres, 21” wide. Specially made and imported from America

  • 6.5m long x 2.54m wide x 2.52m tall

  • Weight: 4.7 tonnes

  • Fully independent air suspension with 26” of travel on each wheel

  • High watt Solar panels for independent power supply

  • GPS & and satellite communications

The Route

1200 km, from base camp at Patriot Hills to the South Pole.