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And you thought it was hard to get towed on the freeway.
An operation is underway to recover a Ford F-150 pickup truck stuck deep within the Arctic Circle…and underwater.
The truck was one of the first to roll on the ice from Yellowknife to Resolute, Canada, as a trial run for the Trans-Global Car Expedition which will begin in 2024 with the aim of becoming the first to circumnavigate the world across the two poles with wheeled vehicles.
The custom Ford was built by Icelandic Arctic Trucks, a company known for converting pickup trucks and SUVs into extreme snowmobiles. The outfit has become world famous after several appearances on BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ and plans to start producing vehicles in New Hampshire for sale in the US and North America next year.
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On the way back to its destination, the truck got stuck in thinner than expected ice and eventually sank in 26-foot-deep water. No one was injured, but the team pledged to recover the vehicle and worked with local authorities to come up with a plan that would minimize damage to the ecosystem.
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A spokesperson for the expedition told Fox News Digital that a dozen crew members are now on their way to perform the recovery operation, which begins Aug. 25 and is expected to last three days.
After crossing the ice cover, the divers head into the icy water and attach float bags to the truck. The disabled vehicle will then be brought to the surface and suspended from an Airbus Super Puma heavy lift helicopter which will transport it 180 miles to Goja Heven, which is the nearest town with a port from where it can be shipped. to Montreal.
“It is an international team that is among the best in the world in the field of polar wheel travel, complemented by experienced experts in cold water recovery and a team of indigenous underwater camera operators. Our respect for the land drives our desire to do whatever it takes to remedy the situation. region, and also draw the eyes of the world to one of the most pristine and beautiful places on the planet,” said team member and professional racing driver Andrew Comrie-Picard in an announcement for the ‘operation.
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The F-150 has been redesigned with suspension that can accommodate 44-inch-tall tires, wide fender flares, an oversized fuel tank, and a remote tire inflation system to adjust pressure to improve performance. traction on the softest surfaces. Arctic Trucks converts several models, including the internationally acclaimed Toyota Hilux featured on “Top Gear”, for rescue services, utilities, explorers and adventure travelers.
A longer trip through the ice is planned for next March, when Arctic Trucks aims to drive an F-150 from Resolute across frozen Baffin Bay to Greenland in another first.
The full circumnavigation of the Transglobal Car Expedition will begin in Ushuaia, Argentina, and cross 32 countries, requiring five trips aboard the ship – around the dangerous Darien Gap linking Colombia to Panama; from Greenland to Denmark; from Istanbul, Turkey, to Alexandria, Egypt; from Cape Town, South Africa, to Antarctica and from Antarctica to Argentina.
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The company is offset with carbon credits and sponsored by National Geographic and GoodGear, a Swiss non-profit organization focused on scientific research and bringing new technologies to remote communities.