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KYB Supports Arctic Challenge

The expedition vehicles were equipped with KYB shock absorbers designed for maximum control and durability in extreme off-road conditions.

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KYB has supported an Arctic challenge to the “Pole of Cold,” where a team reached the remote New Siberian Islands by automobile.

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The team was led by Toyota ambassador Bogdan Bulychev. The total route was nearly 12,500 miles in harsh conditions, over 4,000 of which were off-road and included driving over the frozen Arctic Ocean. The drive began in January and finished in May with the route covering Yakutia – Pole of Cold – Kolyma – Magadan – Kamchatka – Chukotka.

The two vehicles used were a Toyota Hilux and a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 150. The expedition vehicles were equipped with KYB shock absorbers designed for maximum control and durability in extreme off-road conditions. The technical solutions used in the shock absorbers allowed the internal temperature to stabilize during operation, reducing the likelihood of fluid foaming and reducing internal stresses, KYB says.

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The average temperature was -58ºF with the lowest recorded at -80ºF. The company says both SUVs were modified for driving in extreme conditions, with 38-in. wheels, LED lighting, thermal insulation and double-glazed glass. Additional heaters were installed on both engines, a thermal blanket on top and insulating boxes covering the radiators. Oversized fuel tanks allowed the vehicles to run non-stop for up to 10 days.

To see more of the actual driving and the conditions, there is a video on KYB’s YouTube channel.

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