Wonderful Engineering

Russian Car Enthusiasts Create A Functional Mercedes G-Class SUV Out Of Ice Blocks

(Source: Oddity Central)

Vladislav Barashenkov is a motorist from the Russian city of Novosibirsk. He teamed up with a local ice sculptor to make a unique Mercedes G-Class SUV. It’s unique in the sense that it is made up of ice blocks mounted on a metal chassis powered by an old engine.

Barashenkov wanted it to be more than just something cool to look at. He mounted the body made out of ice on the chassis of an old UAZ 469 military utility vehicle. This made the SUV drivable but it doesn’t have the finesse of the real G-Class SUV.

(Source: Oddity Central)

We are unaware of what the sculptor used to glue all the ice blocks together but it is sturdy enough to endure riding on flat surfaces. It doesn’t seem like it’s designed for rough terrain and the ice will most probably crack.

Barashenkov didn’t think driving an SUV made of five tonnes of ice was enough so he added coloured LED lights which are refracted through the blocks of ice and attract even more attention.

The inventor is famous for building such contraptions. He is famous in Russia for a three-headed car and other sneaker-wearing wheels as well as a small tank made from rear parts of two small cars. You can see his video below: