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Lexus NX On Snow And Ice

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Lexus Recently teamed up with London-based Hamilton Ice Sculptors to equip the Lexus NX with the world’s first set of functional ice wheels and tires. For any of you worried about how the NX will perform in the winter, let this promotional stunt put your mind at ease. Even before the actual ice wheels were installed and driven around the London streets, the vehicle was kept frozen for five days at -30 degrees Fahrenheit and it managed to start perfectly the first time.

Lexus didn’t mention how long the ice wheels lasted before they changed them out for conventional rubber or how it actually handled on the road but from what we can see in their promo video, the NX was able to get enough traction on ice wheels to move forward at low speeds on the road.

Great, the NX starts perfectly after being frozen but how does it handle in the snow? Guide Auto Web has that covered when they took a 2.0-litre NX 200t to a special snowy course at Charlevoix’s Le Massif ski centre.

The course consisted of a snowy rectangle a few hundred meters long with hills, slalom and big turns. Once there, the NX had no problems with the big bumps, cutting over the ruts while powering through the turns and slaloms. The oversteer was easily controlled with the accelerator.

Think your NX is ready to handle the upcoming winter season?
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Things like this just make me wonder... why?
That seems to be the common question with those wheels. I can understand the snow test and how it handles because that proves something as does freezing the car but those wheels took 3 months to develop just to melt into a puddle.
I think it's best to think of it as a corporate sponsored art project instead of an auto experiment.
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Can anyone guess what braking distance will be like on those ice wheels in comparison to regular tires? ;)
What braking distance? You mean drift? :D
I'm a bit amazed it managed to move at all. There's so little friction between the wheels and the street, they probably have to give it a push to make it go.
Traction depends on what the surface of the road is like too. Without knowing that it's hard to say what driving it would feel like.
What braking distance? You mean drift? :D

Step on brakes... go sliding.
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