Winners of the 2013 ‘Go Beyond’ bursary, the team of three today reached their goal after driving for 12,400 miles in their specially-equipped Defender 110. Temperatures have reached as low as -58 degrees C on their journey, as they ventured hundreds of miles within the Arctic Circle, and along the legendary Trans-Siberian Highway.
The Defender’s cold-weather modifications include an auxiliary heater and extra glass plates fitted to the windows to prevent the build of up condensation. Thick blankets have been installed under the bonnet to retain heat, and even the suspension components have been given their own insulation against the intense cold.
The Pole of Cold team certainly sounds chuffed to be behind the wheel of the red 110. British team leader Felicity Aston said: ‘The Defender has attracted a lot of attention as we have passed through cities, towns and villages, which has led to lots of interactions and encounters that wouldn’t have happened otherwise – being red helps to get us noticed! Right the way across Siberia we’ve been getting hoots and thumbs-up, waves and smiles. Pedestrians in the street come up to pat the bonnet in approval and we’ve come to recognise the phrase machina harosho (‘good car’).’
The Defender 110 will now make the 9300-mile journey back to the UK. Follow their progress by visiting their website here.