Truck Made Of 11,000 Pounds Of Ice Actually Drives
Canadian ice sculpting company Iceculture just made a working pickup truck using more than 11,000 lbs of ice. It was commissioned for a commercial for car parts company Canadian Tire to show off how well its batteries work, even in extremely low temperatures, according to Fox News.
The truck has been a long time in the making and required a lot of trial and error. It had a real engine to power it, required a custom-made steel frame to support the weight, and contained extra cooling fans to keep engine heat away from the frozen body.
The finished product is a full-size model of a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado, complete with doors, rearview mirrors and a grille. A total of three were constructed, but only one was drivable. The other two were a prototype and a show vehicle, according to PSFK.
After the commercial shooting, the working model was disassembled and shipped back to Iceculture’s headquarters in Hensall, Ontario. There, the company reassembled it and took it for a mile-long drive at an average speed of just 12 mph. The company hopes the car will be recognized as the first self-propelled ice creation to drive.
Once everything once done, Iceculture left the truck in a garage to melt, a process that took 40 hours.