- Craftsmen from London-based Hamilton Ice Sculptors have created a working set of wheels and tires out of ice
- The ice wheels were made by hand, and fitted onto a Lexus NX
- The project took three months to complete before they could be fitted to the car and be driven gingerly around
After months of planning, it took a team of London-based ice sculptors 36-hours of carving time to create each wheel before the frozen water replicas were able to be attached to a Lexus NX.
The close up pictures reveal the high level of detail that was incorporated into each tire, the details being chiseled out by hand.
Jack Hackney’s background in model-making and special effects, made him a crucial member of the team tasked with helping Lexus create its ice wheels
Each of the Lexus’s wheels took four ice sculptors from London’s Hamilton Ice Sculptors 36 hours to complete
There was three months of research, development, and testing, according to Lexus
Each wheel and tire was meticulously re-created from the real deal, and the entire car, ice wheels fitted, was ‘deep-frozen’ for five days in -22 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures before being driven
Based on a laser scan of the NX’s real car parts, the sculptors replicated tires and wheels, and captured even the smallest of details, such as the tires’ tread patterns
The entire project was documented as part of a TV show that will air in the UK over the holidays.
Lexus used a moving flow of softened water to ensure the ice was perfectly clear containing acrylic inserts to support the car’s full weight of almost two tons.
To ensure a faithful transition from rubber to ice, the car’s original wheels and tires were laser-scanned to capture every detail, down to the individual tire treads.