Shackleton’s Return

Hyundai's vision is that people can go anywhere, at anytime by automobile.
We found the answer to our vision in the heroic story of Shackleton from one hundred years ago.

“ I shall keep on going, old man, till one day I shall not come back. ”
Shackleton’s Return

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One hundred years ago, Ernest Shackleton was forced to return home and put aside his dream of becoming the first man in history to cross Antarctica.

Even as the Endurance sank, Shackleton never gave up hope that his twenty-seven fellow explorers
would return home alive.
"Bad news chaps, the ship's gone but we will get home."

At the end of a two-year drift, all of the Endurance Expedition members made it back home safely,
and since then Shackleton has been known and recognised
as a great leader who achieved a "glorious failure."

In honour of Shackleton's devotion in keeping his men safe, Hyundai has taken on the challenge of achieving Shackleton's 100-year-old dream, as a mark of respect to this great explorer.

A total distance of 5,800km will be covered in 30 days—a 100-year-old dream just waiting to be achieved.
There is no greater journey than the pursuit of a dream.

Your stories inspire our innovative thinking.

Great-grandson of Ernest Shackleton Patrick Bergel

I grew up learning about the legacy of Shackleton. However, not once did I ever think that one day I would explore Antarctica myself.
My line of work is quite far from expeditions in Antarctica.

This adventure has allowed me to experience what my great-grandfather went through, to meet him, so to speak.
One hundred years after Shackleton's failed expedition, I, his descendant, was to succeed where he hadn't, though he did want to. It was a very special experience, of course.
I can understand what my great-grandfather must have felt back then.
The coldest and most arid place in the world. I miss it already.

Exploration Log of Patrick Bergel,
the protagonist of Shackleton's Return Expedition
Patrick’s Diary
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Go to Patrick's interview

2016 - 2017Shackleton’s Return Expedition

"I finally fulfilled the 100-year-old dream with a round trip of 5,800 km, a 30-day itinerary, a one year preparation period, and 100 years in the waiting, transcending the limits of time and space."

  • ※ Total distance : 5,800 km
  • ※ Itinerary : 30 days
  • ※ Vehicle : Santa Fe
  • ※ Route : Union Camp - Thiels Corner - South Pole - Amundsen Coast - McMurdo Sound
Union Camp Thiels Corner South Pole Amundsen Coast McMurdo Sound
Union Camp
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Thiels Corner
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South Pole
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Amundsen Coast
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McMurdo Sound
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2016's Pinnacle of Endurance,
Santa Fe from Hyundai

What preparations would be necessary for a car to survive and cross Antarctica in temperatures of -30ºC and below. With an infinite expanse of snowfields and highlands climbing to 3,000m above sea level?

The First SUV in history to cross Antarctica.
Here are the modifications we made to the Santa Fe.

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  • Portal Gear

    A very low gearing ratio is an important factor when driving in a soft snow environment.
    The portal gear was installed on the vehicle by rebuilding and reengineering the suspension, suspension links, mounts, and axle shafts. As a result, we lowered the gearing ratio to 1.5:1 to achieve the best performance in the soft snow environment in Antarctica.

  • Engine Heater

    No changes were made to the engine or the engine computer, but an engine heater was necessary to start in extremely cold condition in Antarctica. The heater heats the engine coolant up to 79°C and it will shut off automatically when the target temperature is reached. It will then restart automatically if the coolant temperature drops below 65°C.

  • Fuel Tank

    The standard fuel tank has been replaced with a 230-liter aluminum fuel tank filled with JET1A for the expedition. The hefty size supports the operation as it minimizes the refueling stops during the expedition.

  • Tire

    Key factor is floatation on snow, AT38 tires, used with tire pressure as low as 0.14 bars, were mounted to the vehicle. The body and fenders were altered and trimmed to accompany the larger diameter of the tires with minimized lift. The tires were designed for the best performance in snow and ice road conditions.

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Quotes from Shackleton in his original voice

Shackleton’s Voice

Ernest Shackleton lived his whole life chasing his dream of Antarctica.
The dream of crossing the Antarctic continent has been finally fulfilled after a hundred years.

We have recreated his voice with our wish for him to come back to life once again.
Play and enjoy Shackleton’s inspiring quotes in his actual voice!

Voice Recreation Process
  • 01. Analyze
    Confidence and Patience are the two characteristics we can discover in his voice patterns.

    1. Analyzing Shackleton’s Voice Securing the only source of Shackleton’s voice which was recorded in a university lecture in 1910 - we used ‘noise signal processing’ and a ‘click noise reduction technique’ to remove noise from the gramophone and analyze the actual voice of Shackleton.

    Surprisingly, the characteristics of Shackleton’s distinctive voice were very similar to the public perception of Shackleton’s characteristics. Shackleton’s patience was represented in his firm and consistent tone with each pronounced syllable. Furthermore, we were able to discover Shackleton’s strong confidence due to the clear resonance in his voice.

  • 02. Re-create
    Similarity between Shackleton’s voice and that of his great-grandson: 73%
    (S: Shackleton’s voice / P: Patrick’s voice)

    2. Recreating Shackleton’s Voice The quality of Shackleton’s 1910 university lecture recording was poor due to the limitations of technology in the past. In addition, the length of the recording was only about 3 minutes.
    As a result, we were not able to proceed with a ‘voice synthesis method’ as there was not enough data to meet the requirements of the process. Therefore, we decided to layer a voice sample on top of the original voice recording to recreate Shackleton’s voice. We obtained a similar vocal structure from a sample with vocal folds and physical shape similar to those of Shackleton.

    After analyzing the voice samples of the direct descendants who usually have the most similar structure of the vocal folds, we discovered the voice of Patrick, the hero of this campaign was 73% identical to that of Shackleton. Eventually, the Sori Sound Engineering Research Institute was able to successfully recreate Shackleton’s voice by adjusting the sample appropriately to match the original accent, intonation, and speed of pronunciation from the recording of Shackleton’s actual voice.

  • 03. Evaluate
    Comparison of sound components in Shackleton’s original voice and that in the recreated voice of Shackleton: 92.5%
    (O: Shackleton’s voice / R: Recreated voice)

    3. Evaluating the Recreated Voice According to the evaluation of Shackleton’s original voice sample and the recreated voice, the two samples were 92.5% identical. The graph on the right shows the ‘glottis spectrum’ for the two voice samples analyzed in the scale of 1/100 second. The green line represents the original voice of Shackleton, and the red represents the recreated voice sample.
    Such method is usually used in police investigations to examine the uniformity of the speaker’s actual voice and the recorded evidence. Usually, in police investigations, when the two samples achieve more than 90% in similarity, they are considered identical.

    Furthermore, our voice samples achieved a high score in similarity (4.5/5) in MOS (Mean Opinion Score) in which the linguists judge and score the similarities between the two samples.

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