It’s rare to see classic sports cars anywhere near ice, but a 1956 Porsche 356A will be doing exactly that December in the most extreme way possible, and for a good cause too.
In 2017, American racer and founder of the Valkyrie Racing Team Renee Brinkerhoff started Project 356 World Rally Tour, with the aim of conquering races on all seven continents and raising US$ 1 million to her charitable foundation, Valkyrie Gives aims to combat child trafficking around the world. So far, five races have been completed, with the final leg of the tour happening in Antarctica this December.
The nearly 20,000-mile journey of Project 356 has been undertaken by Brinkerhoff herself in a classic 1956 Porsche 356A. In order to drive in Antarctica, major modifications have been made by engineer and extreme explorer Kieron Bradley. In order for the sports car to operate in a temperature range of -50°C to +55°C, Bradley first removed the lights, framework, and fire extinguishers from the sports car, then replaced the wheels with a ski and track system. Other new components include a specialised brace and suspension system, a crevasse bar that supports a dual-sided solar panel producing a minimum of 150W at peak saturation, a roll cage, and a 4-ton bag jack.
The project is taking donations at the moment. For a minimum donation of US$ 356, you can get your name signed on the inside of the hood. Check out the project website for details.