Hyundai Becomes the First Passenger Car to Cross the Antarctic
One hundred years after Sir Ernest Shackleton first led an expedition to the Antarctic, Hyundai teamed up with his great-grandson to return to Antarctica with the help of a specially adapted Santa Fe 4×4. The trip resulted in Hyundai becoming the first passenger car producers to cross the Antarctic wilderness.
The Great Grandson of legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, Patrick Bergel, has made history by becoming the first person to drive a passenger car across the Antarctic. The 30-day route – driven in a Hyundai Santa Fe – traversed the continent from Union Camp to McMurdo and back again, completing the journey that Shackleton began over 100 years ago.
The 30-day expedition, facilitated by Hyundai Motor, saw Patrick and small team take on almost 5,800km of icy terrain in bitter conditions. Not only did they have to cover extreme distances at temperatures below -28°C, but they also had to plot new paths on floating ice caps that have never been travelled by a wheeled vehicle before.
Bergel, who works as a technology entrepreneur, emulated Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic journey of 1914-17 when, having been beaten to the Pole by Roald Amundsen, tried to become the first to cross the continent. Unfortunately, his ship sank along the way, only to be rescued in South Georgia following an 800 miles trek over the open, stormy sea.
Bergel’s journey, which took place in December 2016, was far less dangerous thanks to a carefully plotted route on GPS, with locations of potential danger areas reviewed in detailed meetings with experts at Union Glacier before departure.
Check out a video of the Hyundai Antarctic expedition below and read more about it over at the Hyundai Website.