Recently, the renowned Canadian retail company Canadian Tire set out to do something that’s never been done before: a truck made of ice that actually works!
The vehicle was naturally named Ice Truck and was designed for two main purposes: to prove how reliable the MotoMaster Eliminator Ultra AGM battery is in the middle of winter, also to win a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Photo courtesy of Canadian Tire. Source: facebook
Ice Truck was built using a Chevrolet chassis, completed with an engine and electrical system and 11,000 pounds (4990 kg) of ice on top. The original donor truck was a 2005, Chevrolet 2500 HD. The total vehicle’s weight was 15,000 pounds.
Canadian Tire commissioned Iceculture, a renowned ice-sculpting house based in Ontario, to do the amazing ice sculpture.
Custom ice pieces, cut it with a CNC machine, were used in the process of creation, with water as the welding material. Also, a custom made steel frame was added in order to support the huge amount of ice and additional fans were used to blow the engine heat away from the frozen body. As regarding the aesthetic side, the ice sculptors paid attention even to the smallest details, from mirrors to registration plates.
Air freshener . Photo courtesy of Canadian Tire
Canadian Tire wanted to use the Ice Truck not only as a model in its commercials. The company took the idea to a superior level and aimed to set the record for the first self-propelled ice creation. On 12th December 2013 the Ice Truck traveled 1.6 kilometers.
To complete all these ambitious goals no less than three ice bodies had to be created. One was used as a prototype, the other was displayed as a show vehicle for the various advertising clients, and the last one was used for the commercial.
Here is the commercial in which Ice Truck starred. After Ice Truck successfully fulfilled its mission, it was left to melt over the course of a 40 hour period. The entire process was filmed and mounted as a reverse melt. The result is simply impressive. Would you like to take a ride with an ice truck? Source: gizmag.com
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