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The Journey Begins

Ready to Rock 🤘The UAZ heads off this week on its monumental journey to Siberia. Gary O’ Keeffe drives our ice vehicle from Abbeyleix in the Irish Midlands for Siberia on the Mongolian Border. It will take almost two weeks to reach its destination by road.

The UAZ stops off in Moscow before embarking on its nearly 4000 km leg to Lake Baikal where it attempts a new Guinness World Record by being the first four wheel vehicle to traverse the 750km frozen surface of Lake Baikal.

Our ice vehicle has been custom built with the help and generosity of many, especially Matt McGrath and crew, Howden Tools and xlnt signs. It is insulated throughout with DoDo Mat recycled thermal insulation and is sitting on massive 37″ rubber by BF Goodrich (which are fitted with metal studs as soon as the UAZ reaches its destination).
The UAZ has its own wood stove for cooking and heating, powered winches at the front and rear, a full 220 volt – 3000 watt power supply to feed TV Cameras and other Filming Equipment. It’s equipped with two air compressors, thermal glass and four giant extreme weather batteries. The body has been extended by 12% and wrapped in an exoskeleton roll bar which protects the entire cabin and crew.
All of the lighting for the vehicle is high performance LED based to reduce power consumption and withstand the extreme sub zero temperatures.
Underneath the UAZ are two over sized purpose built insulated diesel fuel tanks which give the vehicle its much needed range to cover the record breaking distance on Lake Baikal. The UAZ has been fully re-wired with modern electronic circuitry, circuit breakers, computerised warning panels, override switches, GPS and fail safe devices to guarantee continuity on the ice …
There will be no garages on Lake Baikal!