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Lexus creates working car wheels out of ice

December 22, 2015 | Comment icon 15 comments



The ice wheels managed to support the weight of the car. Image Credit: YouTube / Lexus UK
Toyota's luxury car division Lexus has managed to drive a car on four wheels made entirely out of ice.
It might not be the most practical of upgrades but it's certainly one of the most impressive. The unique publicity stunt, which took a team of expert sculptors over three months to put together, shows just what's possible using nothing more than frozen water and a little creative thinking.

All four of the ice wheels were intricately crafted to replicate every tiny detail of the real thing and had to be specially designed to be able to support the weight of an entire car on top of them.

The vehicle itself also had to be placed in a freezing room for a whole five days to reduce its temperature down to a cool -22 degrees before the unique wheels could be attached.



Source: Gizmodo | Comments (15)


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Comment icon #6 Posted by Kiltedmusician 7 years ago
This reminds me of the arctic research station a company I used to work for fabricated structural steel components for. They just used water for concrete. They embedded studs into ice and used water for concrete to set them because it was never going to thaw so it was as good as cement.
Comment icon #7 Posted by qxcontinuum 7 years ago
not working in our current global warming climate. Curently 17 celsius in On Canada. This year will burn baby
Comment icon #8 Posted by coolguy 7 years ago
Very cool,the Japanese wanted to build ice ships during ww2
Comment icon #9 Posted by SD455GTO 7 years ago
I'm sure we'll look back on this in 50 years or so in much the same way we now look back at that elephant on water skis video from the 1950s...what a pointless and wasteful exercise.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Still Waters 7 years ago
I wonder how long the wheels lasted afterwards before they melted. Quite a cool video I thought, no pun intended.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Oniomancer 7 years ago
Very cool,the Japanese wanted to build ice ships during ww2 Not them, the British https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Habakkuk
Comment icon #12 Posted by rattpoison 7 years ago
Almost a neat idea, but not quite. I've seen much more impressive ice sculptures.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Aardvark-DK 7 years ago
They have too much time on their hands....in between eating sushi and killing off whales... (sarcasm might occur in the above...)
Comment icon #14 Posted by Goodnite 7 years ago
Wouldn't this design lower the coefficient of the tire? What a funny idea.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Shiloh17 7 years ago
Glad to see the governments aren't the only ones wasting money.


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