By Alex Taylor

THE ice car of Batman villain Mr Freeze is no longer fantasy - Lexus have crafted the world’s first set of working wheels and tyres made from frozen water

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Videographer / Director: Lexus UK
Producer: Tom Gillespie, Nick Johnson
Editor: Kyle Waters

Each ice tyre takes four sculptors and an incredible 36 hours to complete

London’s Hamilton Ice Sculptors took on the world first project, attaching the frozen H2O wheels to a Lexus NX that was stored for nearly a week at -30°C.

To combat the effects of one of the warmest winters on record, the Lexus NX car was deep-frozen and stored for five days at minus 30 degrees

Each ice tyre took four sculptors and 36 hours to complete, built from laser scanned designs of the car’s original wheels.

LEDs fitted inside the ice wheels added an extra dimension to the finished look

Acrylic inserts were added to make sure the vehicle did not collapse under its own weight.

Lexus craft the world’s first set of tyres made from frozen water

Engineers also embedded blue lights in the icy wheels to give them a watery glow.

Taking the idea of driving on ice to a whole new level, Lexus set out to create the world’s first set of working wheels and tyres made out of frozen water

After three months research, design and testing, the ice-cool car was taken for the ultimate test drive down a London road.

London’s Hamilton Ice Sculptors took on the world first project, attaching the frozen H2O wheels to a Lexus NX

Starting first time, it more than passed the test - although Lexus didn’t reveal how long the icy wheels lasted before melting.

Richard Balshaw, Lexus' Director hopes that their dazzling ice wheels will demonstrate their advanced technologies

Richard Balshaw, Lexus Director, said: “The idea of putting four ice wheels on to a car and driving it along is a bit crazy, but it’s exciting.

The process of research, design and testing took the team of engineers and ice sculptors 3 months

“Our dazzling ice wheels demonstrate how we use advanced technologies and the best craftsmanship traditions to achieve outstanding results”.