Lexus isn’t new to do something different to lure the public attention towards their edge-cutting new innovations. Previously in October, the car maker made a cardboard replica of its model IS, and driven down on streets.
This time, Lexus attempted an icy challenge. Yes, they fitted wheels made entirely out of ice on one its NX crossovers and the car was driven on its icy wheels. I’m sure you’re out of the box and either me too.
Lexus joined in hand with LaserCut Works and London’s Hamilton Ice sculptors to create the icy wheels. Before going on floors, the team invested three months for research, development and testing, according to Lexus.
To start with, the car was submerged in water and deep frozen in -22 degrees Fahrenheit for five days. “The noises from covering it in the water, I thought I had broken the car at one point, I thought I had shattered the windscreen,” ice sculptor Jack Hackney said in a video.
Each of the wheels took four ice sculptors 36 hours to complete. Each wheel is re-created from scratch even the tread patterns on the tires were re-designed. The ice sculptors worked close enough paying extremely close attention to detail by using tools and developed these icy wheels.
“Projects such as our hoverboard, the origami-inspired cardboard car and now a dazzling set of fully functioning ice wheels, demonstrate how we use advanced technologies and the best craftsmanship traditions to achieve outstanding results,” said Lexus director Richard Balshaw.
The ice wheels were reinforced with acrylic spokes in order to manage the car’s weight and fitted with LED lights. And the result was amazing; the frozen NX crossover managed to run on its icy wheels.
Here’s the video: