Lotus' Bio-fueled IceCraft Glides Across the Antarctic
With winter well on its way and snow flurries sweeping the nation, we couldn’t contain our excitement for this sleek bio-fueled Concept Ice Vehicle. Designed and developed by Kieron Bradley and polar guide Jason de Carteret, the custom-made vehicle runs on renewable fuel and is intended to assist the Moon-Regan Trans Antarctic Expedition to scout for hidden crevasses and rough terrain. The brave explorers see the CIV as an opportunity to educate the world about the benefits of greener fuels, even in the face of sub-zero temperatures!
Should you ever find yourself forging through the Antartic, your vehicle’s fuel type might not be the first thing on your mind. But for Andrew Regan and Andrew Moon it was a natural imperative – Regan states that “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!”
The CIV looks like a plane with curved wings and is fitted with a BMW 1150 engine that is able to run in bio-ethanol and is capable of propelling the vehicle along at 84mph. Weighing in at 360kg, the super-light craft is can be manually hauled across unforgiving terrain, and it features few moving parts to ensure that it doesn’t freeze. A special Ice Penetrating Radar enables it to scout for hidden crevasses, ensuring safe passage for the rest of the expedition.
The Moon-Rega Transantartic Expedition is consists of of the Concept Ice Vehicle and two Science Support Vehicles. They are set to cross 3,000 miles through the continent of Antartica through the Trans-Antartic Mountain Range. An essential aim of the voyage is “educate the public about the importance of Antarctica to the future of our planet”, and the team will be posting data and blog reports to their education page so that kids and others can track their findings.
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