Have you ever thought about driving a car that’s rolling on wheels made of ice? Probably not, because that would be just a tad unconventional. But, in the automotive world, companies work hard every day to push boundaries thought impassable.
Yesterday, December 21, Lexus released videos of their latest feat, involving their NX driving on wheels made entirely of ice. These wheels were created thanks to a collaboration between Lexus UK and Hamilton Ice Sculptors. According to one videos description, they wanted to “recreate the Lexus five-twin-spoke alloy wheel and its Yokohama winter tyre with incredible precision, while also making a wheel and tyre that would support the NX’s 2.2-tonne mass.”
How long did this whole process take? A whopping three months, from start to finish. This mainly involved the design process, which included the laser scanning of the original wheels, and the graphic design, machining and cutting of the new wheels and their components.
After the wheels were cut, they even sent the NX on a test of its own, giving it a five-day deep freeze at -22 degrees Fahrenheit. This freezing vacation left the NX with thick layer of ice that could have been passed off as a unique paint finish. With this thick layer of winter attached, they fitted it with the ice wheels and took it for a test spin. How nervewracking.
Check out the videos below to see how it was all accomplished and let us know how you’d feel driving a car riding on ice wheels.