“If you can run bio-fuels successfully in the most harsh and extreme environment in the world, then there is no reason why you can’t use them to get to the supermarket!” Andrew Regan
The specially constructed Concept Ice Vehicle (CIV) will act as a scout for the two heavier Science Support Vehicles (SSVs). It is equipped with a special Ice Penetrating Radar (IPR) capable of detecting hidden crevasses, has a minimum of moving parts (which are liable to freeze up) and is light enough to be man-hauled across really rough terrain.
The craft was designed and engineered by Formula 1 chassis designer Kieron Bradley and polar guide Jason de Carteret.
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
Radar: Ice Penetrating Radar (IPR) unit detects hidden crevasses
Top Speed: 84mph
The expedition will be using biofuel to see if it can be a genuine alternative to fossil fuels – even in the extreme environment of the Antarctic.