The story of the “Mudcrab” begins again in 1983. Tim Proctor tried driving throughout the identical harbor utilizing the identical Land Cruiser. Throughout that try, the Toyota was nonetheless a combustion engine fitted with an almost 200-foot-long exhaust pipe snorkel. That journey ended some 1.8 miles in when a number of the engine’s particular seals failed, and the staff encountered a rock ledge that stopped them of their tracks.
Joined by Proctor’s oldest son, Tom, the trendy staff spent a 12 months planning and 6 months engaged on the Land Cruiser to transform it from a fuel guzzler to an electrical automobile powered by a 32 kWh battery, full with an oil compensation system and a water-resistant engine. The transmission and differentials may deal with the water and thus did not want “waterproofing,” however the electrical motor — a NetGain HyPer 9 – did. They completed this by dropping it right into a trash can stuffed with silicon oil. The powertrain offered 162 lb-ft of immediate torque however nonetheless wasn’t sufficient energy to get it by a number of the mud.
The stress from the water at nearly 100 toes required that drivers change out each quarter-hour, thus requiring such a big staff effort. And so they did not use tanks. As a substitute, an air hose ran from a assist boat on the floor, offering a continuing provide of air, energy and knowledge cables for the cameras and lights, and a few further assist navigating by the poor visibility.