The perks of being Jeremy Clarkson certainly knows no bounds. As the host of quite arguably the number one car show in the world, Clarkson virtually has unlimited access to just about every car in the world he so wishes to drive.
As if that privilege alone isn’t enough, Clarkson can make trips to any part of the world on somebody else’s dime, which is what he found himself in after being invited by Arctic Trucks of Iceland to film a special segment of Top Gear on – of all places - the North Pole.
As you can imagine, Clarkson and top wing-man, James May had a truckload – no pun intended – of fun during their expedition with Clarkson even getting a chance to take the satnav-equipped Toyota Hilux around for a spin across the frozen wastes and wild landscape of Iceland.
Check out the entire episode in three parts and maybe after watching it, you’d want to book yourself your very own multi-day tour of the Polar ice cap courtesy of Arctic Trucks.
Part 2, Part 3, and Press Release after the jump.
CONQUER THE ARCTIC WITH TOYOTA HILUX
15th January 2010 – Millions of television viewers around the world witnessed the mighty Toyota Hilux becoming the first car to be driven to the Magnetic North Pole, with Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson at the wheel. Now intrepid drivers have the chance to get behind the wheel of a similarly awesome Hilux and test their skills across the frozen wastes in a new range of adventure off-roading tours.
Reykjavik-based Arctic Trucks, the specialist company which engineered the Hilux to cope with the extreme conditions of the Top Gear challenge, is offering trips of between two and five days and longer expeditions through the wild landscape of Iceland. Its fleet of vehicles includes two Toyota Hilux Invincible Double Cabs equipped with special features to meet the demands of tackling the country’s tundra, glaciers, lava fields and mountains, including a set of giant 38-inch tyres that allow the vehicle to traverse deep snow and thin ice.
Arctic Trucks began business as part of Toyota Iceland in 1990 and has since built up impressive experience and a worldwide reputation for modifying 4WD vehicles for use in extreme conditions. Toyota models prepared by the company have supported expeditions to both the North and South poles, outperforming more familiar arctic vehicles such as half-tracks and Snowmobiles.
Those looking to enjoy the benefits of Hilux ownership for more everyday driving duties can take advantage of Toyota’s new 2010 revised model range. Notably Hilux’s 2.5 D-4D has been given a 20 per cent increase in power and more torque, significantly enhancing performance. The high-power 3.0 D-4D engine is now exclusively available in the Invincible Double Cab.
More than 12 million Hilux have been sold globally since its 1972 debut, and in terms of annual sales it ranks as Europe’s most popular pick-up.