Formula-E team built all-terrain vehicle for polar explorersDecember 4, 2018
The Monegasque company Venturi Automobiles, known as a participant in the Formula E Championship, presented the first electric all-terrain vehicle for polar explorers. The presentation of the car, called Antarctica, took place in the palace of the reigning Prince of Monaco, Albert II, who initiated the project.
Venturi Antarctica is positioned as the first machine with zero emissions, able to move in extremely cold temperatures, down to -50 degrees Celsius. Tracked SUV is equipped with two 100-kilowatt motors with a constant total impact equivalent to 163 horsepower. They accelerate a two-ton car to 20-25 kilometers per hour. Cruising by the standards of ordinary electric cars is very modest – only 45 kilometers.
Next March, Venturi Antarctica will take part in the Back to Telegraph Creek expedition in Canada, which will be dedicated to the 1934 Croisière Blanche race organized by the founder of the Citroen concern Andre Citroen. Participants, among them Albert II himself, will have to cross the 42-kilometer route from the Dease Lake to the small Telegraph Creek municipality in northern British Columbia on an SUV.
At the end of the expedition, Venturi Antarctica will be sent to the South Pole, where the all-terrain vehicle will be used for scientific missions.
The Dutch Edwin and Linsbeth ter Velde also intend to conquer Antarctica on a unique all-terrain vehicle. The Solar Voyager built by them is a body of recycled plastic bottles, a solar-powered propulsion system, low-pressure wheels and heat-efficient glazing.