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13 August 2008

Lotus Concept Ice Vehicle (CIV)


Note: this is not a press release from Lotus, at the time of writing this I only have a series of images, no comments from Lotus yet.

The Lotus Ice Vehicle was developed to be taken to Antarctica on the Moon Regan TransAntarctic Expedition. The vehicle will aid the research going on in the region. To be able to withstand the harsh polar environment, the Lotus Ice Vehicle has been tested in Sweden. The CIV is a biofuel powered, propeller-driven trike on skids. It measures 4.5 meters long and 4.5 meters wide and has independent suspension all around. There is a ice penetrating radarin the nose of the vehicle to detect crevasses. The CIV is light enough for a man to pull it across difficult terrain, which basically makes it an Elise for explorers. It has an "ice-break" under the cockpit, a spiked "foot" for stopping on icy terrain.

Lotus released today a set of photos that present the Lotus Ice Vehicle. No other information has been released on the project.