After building a workable hoverboard, Lexus has pushed the boundaries of what’s possible by crafting the world’s first set of ice wheels and tires. And yes, they actually work. Commissioning ice sculpture specialists for the task, it took three months of research, design and testing to replace conventional alloy and rubber with frozen water. Each wheel took four sculptors 36 hours to produce, with the millimeter-perfect finish achieved using Japanese steel chisels and tools.
To ensure the wheels could take the load of the crossover, acrylic inserts were added to the ice. These ice donks were then fitted to a Lexus NX, which was deep frozen for five days at -30 degrees Celsius, before going on the ultimate ice drive down a London street. Blue in-wheel LED lighting was also utilized to add some drama to the sub-zero spectacle.