Arctic Trucks is a company that has for over 20 years modified Toyota 4wd vehicles in Iceland and has operated in Norway for over 8 years.
The cars are modified for use in rough environment, for example in the mountains, on glaciers or in the desert. Our customers are search- and rescue teams, military, police, electrical companies, as well as ordinary people who need cars that suit their lifestyle.
Cars modified by Arctic Trucks have been used on expeditions on the Magnetic North Pole, the South Pole and over the glacier of Greenland. In all cased they have been the first vehicles to drive in these areas.
Road and weather conditions can vary by countries and seasons, what fits one market or one customer might not be the best combination for another.
Generally larger tires increase off-road capabilities for most conditions, especially in snow. In Iceland people have been experimenting with using bigger tires in snow for over 25 years. People used to use snow chains on the tires to increase the traction and to pull you further through the snow. Soon people discovered that by lowering the air pressure to 2-5 psi, large tires could make a normal 4wd vehicle drive on top of a soft snow.
Early on modifications were mainly focused on off-road capabilities. The customers were mainly off-road enthusiastic individuals, utility companies and farmers. As demand increased from people who wanted to try something new or just liked the look of a bigger car and the possibilities the big car offered, the focus was more and more placed on maintaining drivability under normal conditions and maintaining high reliability.
Soon owning a modified vehicle became a lifestyle for many people; the possibility of travelling in the highlands and getting to places very few had ever seen became attractive to many people, even though most of the time the vehicle was used for on-road driving. Style and image has therefore become one of the key issues when designing modifications.
Larger footprints gives lower ground pressure so you can drive on softer grounds with minimum disturbance, no matter if the ground is snow, dirt, sand or anything else.
Larger tires give higher ground clearance, making it easier to drive over rough surface, rocks and snow.
Large tires rolls easier on rough surface, with the tires eating up more of the surface irregularities. The tires give better ride and less load and forces on the suspension of the car.
No, it is just like driving a normal car.
It is Arctic Trucks aim to keep the driving abilities of the original vehicle, even improve it. In normal conditions you should not feel the difference, but when it gets tough the difference is huge! In Iceland today, most modified vehicles are used as a normal family car as well as a truck for highland tours. Meeting both good normal driving performance and the super off-road capabilities is a challenge.
Arctic Trucks has specialized in offering modification that combine that nicely, based on the preferences of our customers.
No special licences are needed to drive a modified car.
No. Arctic Trucks modifications are not offered as kits.
For better handling, safety and reliability AT modifications require various changes to the vehicle that can not be solved with bolt on kits.
All Arctic Trucks modifications are done by specially trained Arctic Trucks mechanics. If you are interested in buying a Arctic Trucks modification for your vehicle, please contact us.